It's always a small handful of people that begin the process of ruining it for everyone else. On Monday, two drones nearly crashed into a New York Police Department's chopper while it was going over the George Washington Bridge. Luckily, the pilots changed course to avoid the collision.According to the NY Post, the NYPD Aviation Unit helicopter was on patrol of the area at around 12:15 a.m. when it noticed two small drones coming at it. The pilot of the chopper had to change course completely in order to avoid crashing into the unmanned aircraft/drone. This could have been a huge issue had the drones hit the chopper and caused what could have been a dangerous scenario.
The NYPD was observing the drones flying at around 2,000 around the George Washing Bridge when they noticed that they were circling and heading towards the helicopter.
"Although [drones] may only weigh a few pounds, that’s all birds weigh, and look what they did to the Sully Airbus," the source said, referring to 2009’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” in which a bird strike forced US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to crash-land a jetliner in the Hudson River.
After having to change course, the chopper tailed the drones north and followed them to their landing at around 12:35 a.m. The pilots of the chopper then called the NYPD Patrol and officers responded and grabbed the suspects who were Remy Castro and Wilkins Mendoza. Both of which were arrested.
One of the worst parts of this entire situation are the responses the suspects gave which show how irresponsible they were and how they had a clear careless mentality even after being arrested.
"It's Just a toy," said Castro to the Manhattan Criminal Court.
Both Castro and Mendoza were arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges and released without bail. Also, according the the nypost.com, Mendoza was even quoted to have been saying the drone experiment was just fun and games and that they feel this entire situation is just crazy.
These drones do act and look the size of most toys, but that does not mean they are just that. There needs to be responsibility taken and attention to safety hazards when flying all types of drones. They can truly hurt people. A personal friend of mine was hit in the hand with a drone of his when first starting and left the hospital with 16 stiches. It only takes a few mistakes for drones to start having many laws placed on them. Sure, you can argue that their drone would not have even made it within a few feet of the chopper before being blown away from the gust of wind being created, but that should not change the fact that we should not be flying them at other flying objects.
I've already seen mixed reviews on this topic and would love to know, do you feel Mendoza and Castro are in the wrong in this situation?