Unfortunately, it seems it has finally happened: a drone has fallen from the sky and caused serious harm to an individual. A Quebec woman required an ambulance ride after being struck by a drone whose operator had been previously warned for his reckless flying.
38 year-old Stephanie Creignou was attending a 5K race at Lorne Worsley Park in Quebec on June 11, when a DJI Phantom 3 flown by Rosaire Turcotte fell from a height of about 10 meters (33 feet), striking her in the head with a velocity of about 11 m/s (25 mph). The impact with the 2.8-pound drone caused her to collapse into the arms of her friends and eventually be taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with whiplash severe enough to preclude her from attending work or a scheduled vacation. Turcotte noted: "I have no idea what happened. I have zero explanation."
VTOL X Drones had been hired to film the event and captured the fall and impact on video (see above). Drone Pilot Flavio Martincowski notes that he spoke with Turcotte beforehand, asking him if he had the requisite permits and certificates, which he did not, and warning him that he was flying too close to the crowd, which Turcotte dismissed. Turcotte was also in violation of the regulation that forbids flying within nine kilometers of an airport. This, combined with the fact that it was the first such incident to cause injuries in Canada, led the Bureau of Transportation Safety to assign an investigator, along with Transport Canada and the police. Creignou has taken steps to file a lawsuit against Turcotte.