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Blackhawk Hits Drone Over New York
Blackhawk Hits Drone Over New York
By Russ Niles
The Army has confirmed that one of its Blackhawk helicopters hit a drone
while patrolling over New York City on Thursday. The collision occurred
about 7:30 p.m. over Staten Island, Fox News reported. The station obtained
photos of the marks left behind by the drone along with one of its rotor
arms. Debris was found in the oil cooler and there were marks on the
fuselage and rotor blades.
The helicopter was at about 500 feet providing security for the U.N. General
Assembly when it hit the drone, said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino of the 82nd
Airborne in Fort Bragg. Mechanics swapped out the rotor blades and put the
Blackhawk into service the next day.
Civilian drone crashes into Army helicopter
By Danielle Furfaro, Larry Celona and Natalie Musumeci September 22, 2017 |
2:48pm | Updated
Modal Trigger Civilian drone crashes into Army helicopter
The UA60 helicopter was flying 500 feet over Midland Beach alongside another
Black Hawk, when the drone struck the chopper at around 8:15 p.m. Thursday,
causing damage to its rotor blades.
The uninjured pilot was able to land safely at nearby Linden Airport in New
The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based helicopters were in the Big Apple for
the United Nations General Assembly this week.
“Our aircraft was not targeted, this was a civilian drone,” said Army
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Buccino, the spokesman for the 82nd Airborne.
“It struck on the left side of fuselage. There were no adverse impacts to
the flight,” he said. “One blade was damaged [and] dented in two spots and
requires replacement and there is a dented window.”
Buccino added: “Our paratroopers from the 82nd are the best trained and they
were able to act very quickly and very appropriately.”
He described the pilot heading the struck helicopter as an “all-American
The NYPD and the military are investigating — but no arrests have been made.
The Federal Aviation Administration restricts the flying of drones and model
aircrafts within five miles of airports in any direction.
Under FAA guidelines, the drones should not be flown near buildings or
bridges or more than 400 feet in the air.
They are also illegal to fly anywhere in the Big Apple except in parks.
“Drones can pose a definite risk to aircrafts, especially helicopters. If
they smash into a windshield they could cause copter to crash,” said a law
“Drones can also distract pilots causing them to lose control.
“Last night, an out of control helicopter could have crashed into
residential homes causing numerous injuries and even fatalities.”
Drones have been a menace in the Big Apple and elsewhere in recent years:
In February, a GoPro drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s 27th floor
window and landed just feet away from her as she sat in her living room.
?A drone smashed into a Con Edison power plant near the East River in
Brooklyn in March, causing it to break into pieces.
?In July, a 52-year-old man was busted flying a drone 20 feet below a
passenger jet as it was landing at JFK Airport.
?In 2016, a New Jersey man, 28, was arrested for accidentally crashing a
drone into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building.
In 2014, a 34-year-old man was nabbed for flying one of the gadgets outside
the National Tennis Center during a US Open quarter-final match featuring
In what is believed to be the first incident of its kind, a drone slammed
into a packed British Airways jetliner in April 2016 as it was landing at
London’s Heathrow Airport. The plane landed safely.
Army Confirms Black Hawk, Drone Collided Over New York City
by Bill Carey
- September 25, 2017, 1:29 PM
U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk
The drone strike caused minor but visible damage to a rotor blade and window
on the Blackhawk. (Photo: U.S. Army)
The U.S. Army confirmed that one of its helicopters collided with a small
drone in domestic airspace on September 21 in what the service described as
the first such incident. The Army is now reviewing its procedures for
missions like the security flight it provided for the United Nations General
Assembly meeting in New York City, where the collision happened.
While flying over Staten Island at 500 feet at 7:30 p.m., an Army UH-60M
Black Hawk assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division collided with what
appeared to be a “civilian quadcopter,” said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, public
affairs officer for the division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The
collision caused “minor” visible damage to a main rotor blade and a window
on the upper left-hand side of the helicopter, which landed safely at Linden
Airport in New Jersey.
Four crew were flying in the helicopter, one of two Army Black Hawks
providing security for the annual General Assembly session, which drew world
leaders including President Donald Trump to New York City. As a
precautionary measure, the Army replaced the affected rotor blade and
returned the helicopter to service within 24 hours, Buccino said.
The FAA confirmed that it was assisting with the investigation of the
incident, but said the U.S. Secret Service was the lead agency for media
inquiries. The latter agency referred questions to the New York field office
of the FBI, which said it was assisting the Army's investigation. The New
York Police Department said it was also cooperating with the investigation,
but it referred questions to the FAA and the military.
Buccino said the Army is rethinking its procedures for domestic missions
over populated areas. “We traditionally fly [in] restricted airspace or in
combat, so this is a new experience,” he said. “We were obviously flying
over a residential area—a municipal area—supporting this mission. We are
reviewing the process now should we receive another mission like this.”
Staten Island was in fact covered by a Temporary Flight Restriction at the
time of the collision on September 21, which disallows civil drone-flying
activity. FAA safety guidelines also call for keeping recreational drones
below 400 feet and beyond five miles of an airport or heliport. Although the
Army reported the drone was flying above 400 feet, the location of the
collision over the eastern shore of Staten Island is not within five miles
of either Newark Liberty International or Linden airports.
Drone hits military chopper over Staten Island
Friday, September 22, 2017 06:35PM
MIDLAND BEACH, Staten Island (WABC) -- An Army Black Hawk helicopter was
struck by a drone at approximately 500 feet over a residential neighborhood
on Staten Island.
The helicopter, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was in New York City for the
United Nations patrol.
A piece of the drone bounced off the rotor and became lodged in the
PHOTOS: Drone hits military chopper in NYC
Army Black Hawk helicopter damaged by a drone over Staten Island.
The pilot, who was not injured, was able to land the helicopter at Linden
Airport in New Jersey.
The military is investigating the incident.
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