The ramifications from this week's drone crash near miss at the Alpine slalom race in Italy as reported yesterday are becoming a little clearer, with the international ski federation moving swiftly to ban the use of drones in future competitions.
Speaking to the Associated Press, the federation international de ski men's race director Markus Waldner confirmed that drones will be banned for "as long as I am responsible ... because they are a bad thing for safety. It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt. I am very angry." Sports marketing agency Infront, who employed the drone pilot said in a statement that "the most likely reason is a strong and unforeseen interference on the operating frequency, leading to limited operability. The pilot followed the official security procedure, purposely flying the drone as close as possible to the ground before releasing it. The aim was to destroy the drone, in order to prevent it from losing control."
Unfortunately, that almost led to disaster as the $10,000 dollar Cinestar X-8 drone, with a total payload of around 10 kilograms, crash landed precariously close to champion skier Marcel Hirscher.
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