A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles flies of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, off the coast of Washington, Jan. 26, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

Drone Comes Close to Hitting Coast Guard Helicopter

A Coast Guard aircrew came within 50 feet of hitting a drone in Port Angeles, Wash., on Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

The aircrew was 300 feet in the air conducting training when they had a near-miss collision with a recreational drone near Fairchild International Airport, according to the Coast Guard. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles was conducting low-level training near the airport when the crew maneuvered to miss what they thought was a bird.

“Drone operators who are unaware or complacent of existing FAA regulations pose a significant safety threat to aircrews and risk serious damage to the aircraft,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brent Schmadeke, operations officer at Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles.

Read more at the Peninsula Daily News

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