Drone almost hits Prince William’s helicopter in near-miss – On August 26, 2016, an incident in the London sky collision nearly occurred. At that time, the helicopters are usually piloted by Prince William almost collided with a drone. The incident occurred at around an altitude of 580 meters at 19:45 local time.
The report issued recently by the UK Airprox Board. The agency has the authority to investigate the incident to improve air safety. Airport suspect that the drone flew beyond the permitted height.
145 Eurocopter helicopters (EC145) used by the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), usually routinely flown by Prince William. However, according to a spokesman EAAA, Duke of Cambridge was not on duty when the incident occurred.
At the time of the incident, the drone is 30 meters from the EC 145 that are transporting patients. According to the conclusions Airprox, the incident is in the highest risk category.
Drone almost hits Prince William’s helicopter in near-miss
“Members agreed that the drone was apparently being operated in dense areas without the permission of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority). If using FPV (first-person view), is above 1,000 feet, is allowed by the rules,” said Airprox.
“Therefore, they agreed that this could be considered harmful EC145 and its crew.”
Excerpted from The Guardian, Monday (27/03/2017), although the agency it difficult to assess without visual cues, but based on pilot reports on the incident, the actual collision unavoidable and destiny has played a big role.
“Therefore, they decided to classify risks into categories A,” said Airprox.
They added, ambulance control room informed by the concerned and ordered the pilot to contact the police.
“We can confirm, in accordance with the rules and procedures of the flight, the pilot reported there is a nearby unmanned aircraft on August 26, 2016,” a spokesman said EAAA.
“The Duke of Cambridge was on duty when the incident took place drone,” he added.
Meanwhile, until the news was revealed that nearly crashed drone pilot helicopters commonly piloted Prince William can not be found.