Hacked drones an increasing concern as government seeks to ease restrictions

On July 4, 2017, an unmanned aerial vehicle (otherwise known as a drone) crashed through the display window of a Kate Spade boutique in Manhattan, New York. On March 23, 2017, a 19-year-old Rochester teen crashed his drone through a 23rd floor window of City Hall in Buffalo, New York. On September 5, 2015, a drone piloted by a University of Kentucky student crashed inside packed Commonwealth Stadium moments before kickoff of the football game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Those are just a few of the dozens of drone crashes recorded each year by Democrat & Chronicle, a website tracking drone incidents. And that is just crashes of small drones. In a five-month period covering August 22, 2015 through January 31, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recorded 600 incidents of drones flying dangerously close to commercial or private aircraft. Drones flying near New Jersey’s Newark International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport recently led to all flights being grounded, one of those drones was 3,500 feet in the air …


Freight Waves | Feb. 27, 2019

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