Skiing Champion Cheats Death By Inches As Camera Drone Falls From Sky

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Screen Shot 2015 12 23 at 15.54.20 Skiing Champion Cheats Death By Inches As Camera Drone Falls From SkyEurosport

A four-time World Cup skiing champion has narrowly avoided a life-threatening injury after nearly being struck by a falling camera drone.

The shocking incident occurred during a slalom event at the skiing World Cup in Italy on Tuesday night, during Marcel Hirscher’s run down the Alpine slope.

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Despite being kitted out with a helmet organisers feared the result could have been tragic.

Screen Shot 2015 12 23 at 15.53.25 Skiing Champion Cheats Death By Inches As Camera Drone Falls From SkyHook Baderz/Agence Zoom

Men’s race director Markus Waldner, from the international ski federation, has spoken of his outrage at the drones operator.

He told the Associated Press:

He did not follow our instructions. He had to fly outside of the race track and follow the racer from a 15-metre distance. Then there would have been a margin, and nothing could have happened.”

Hirscher spoke of his relief at avoiding injury, although he admitted not being completely aware of what happened.

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He said:

I didn’t know what it was, but I felt something, I thought it was a course worker behind me, or a gate.”

He added:

I am very relieved that nothing happened. You don’t want to think about what could have happened when 10 kilograms are coming down 20 metres. That would have been a very serious, bad injury. There are a lot of cool things nowadays. But you have to guarantee the safety — and that was just insane.”

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Unsurprisingly drones are now banned from the remainder of the event.

Maybe they could employ some Japanese police to catch falling drones with their custom interceptor drones?


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