What do we mean when we categorize some of our stories “Pilot Error“? Here’s a great example.
I mean, you fly a large quadcopter indoors hauling a chunk of mistletoe and fly it right over people’s heads in a crowded restaurant, what are the odds of a mishap?
Pretty darned high.
It happened December 4 at a TGI Friday’s in New York City.
“It literally chipped off a tip of my nose” when the drone veered out of control near her face, said Georgine Benvenuto, a reporter. “It took off part of my nose and cut me here, right under my chin.”
Not surprisingly, the blade strikes drew blood.
“Thank god it didn’t go anywhere under my eye,” she added. “That is my livelihood.”
The Drone Pilot whined that she “flinched” when he tried to land the drone on her hand.
“Just a flesh wound,” an observer opined. “I’ve seen far more worse blood [sic] than that.”
A TGI Friday’s spokeswoman said that other “Mobile Mistletoe events” in New York and Texas went off without accidents, adding “We do not let consumers touch it.” Yeah, well, landing in their hands pretty much forces touching!
“If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless,” shrugged Drone Pilot David Quiones. “People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”
That’s why Drone Pilot Wings wants to encourage responsible, safe flying, which doesn’t include coming within inches of people who aren’t sure how to deal with aircraft trying to land on their bodies.
Injuring a bystander, by definition, is “pilot error” indeed!
News report from the Brooklyn Daily, including photos.