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Civilian drone crashes into and damages Army Black Hawk helicopter over New York City

DoD photo by Sgt. Taresha Neal Joiner, U.S. Army. (Released)
September 23, 2017

A civilian drone crashed into an Army Black Hawk helicopter that was flying over New York City on Thursday night, CBS New York reported.

The chopper reportedly sustained damage.


There were two helicopters flying low over the eastern shore of Staten Island, which is when the drone crashed into the side of one of the helicopters. The helicopters then flew and landed at Linden Airport in New Jersey. The Army paratroopers were not hurt, CBS reported.

“As that drone came apart, a piece of it was actually found upon landing up on the transmission deck, right at the bottom of the main rotor system,” said WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski. “Which is very distressing that something would be able to get in there. And that has always been the thing that we worry about constantly.”

The helicopters are from the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; they were in the city for the United Nations General Assembly this past week.


CBS reported that is unclear whether the drone was operating legally or not, as there is an FAA guideline that states drones must be flow below 400 feet. The incident was reportedly above that altitude, CBS said.