Drone crashed…Now what?

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Let's be real - accidents happen, even to the most seasoned drone operators. A drone can crash due to an unexpected gust of wind, a bird that comes out of nowhere, or simply because you were distracted. However, there are certain situations that must be reported to the FAA.

Section 107.9 states:

No later than 10 days after an operation that meets the criteria of either paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, a remote pilot in command must report to the Federal Aviation Administration in a manner acceptable to the Administrator, any operation of the small unmanned aircraft involving at least:


a.       Serious injury to any person or any loss of consciousness; or

b.      Damage to any property, other than the small unmanned aircraft, unless one of the following conditions is satisfied:

1.       The cost of repair (including materials and labor) does not exceed $500; or

2.       The fair market value of the property does not exceed $500 in the event of total loss.


The rule basically states that if a person is hurt, or some sort of property damage occurs due to the drone crashing, you must file a report with the FAA within 10 days of the incident. All accident reports can be filed at the FAA website.

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