A DRONE struck the AIR7 HD Chopper while they were flying over downtown, Los Angeles, on Wednesday night around 7:15 p.m.
“After some tense moments over Downtown LA…, Air7HD has landed safely following a midair collision with a drone which has damaged our tail,” pilot Chris Cristi tweeted. “Thankfully our crew is fine!”
The helicopter was flying at an elevation around 1,100 feet when the drone hit the helicopter. Drones are normally prohibited from flying above 400 feet.
“We were flying just east of downtown LA and we heard this pop, a loud bang,” Cristi said. “We felt it, we heard it. We all looked at each other. Didn’t really know what it was. Just assumed it was a bird because that happens every once in a while. When we got on the ground, though, it was a different story.”
The impact did not affect the helicopter’s ability to fly but the pilot landed as a precaution.
#BREAKING: A DRONE struck the AIR7HD Chopper while they were flying over Downtown LA — requiring a precautionary landing.
— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) December 5, 2019