KABC chopper likely hit by drone, report says
BREAKING: The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that our midair collision in #Air7HD back in December was consistent with the result of a consumer drone strike, following a forensic investigation. https://t.co/4G7ihx0dqY
The craft made an emergency landing and no one was injured.
Air7 HD also suffered additional physical damage from whatever hit it.
NTSB officials also noted that the sizing of the marks were consistent with many commonly available drones.
No drone was ever recovered in connection to the incident.
A small consumer grade drone could have easily sustained heavy damage after a collision with a full size helicopter and small pieces could have been sent scattering over a wide area.
Air7 HD was at about 830 feet above ground level at the time of the incident, so it’s also possible the drone, if it survived the collision, would have been all but obliterated upon hitting the ground.