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Drone delays landing of medical chopper

DAYTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- A drone flying near a Dayton hospital delayed the landing of a medical helicopter for nine minutes.

The patient on board was not affected.  But FAA guidelines were violated because a drone operator must be at least 400 feet from a hospital.
The man operating the drone was hired by the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to take aerial shots.

"It's about safety for us.  Since that aircraft is an unmanned aircraft we have no communication with it.  We had no communication with the person that was flying it," said CareFlight program manager, Beth Calcidise.

The incident happened just before the start of a three day Ohio conference in late August of 2014, in Dayton on unmanned aerial systems.  Guidelines and policies on airspace regulations will be a topic being discussed at the conference.
The person operating the drone was not arrested but Miami Valley Hospital has filed a complaint with the FAA.

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