Friday 24 November 2017

Ski authorities ban camera drones after near fatal accident

Marcel Hirscher, who had narrow escape when a drone came crashing down just behind him
Marcel Hirscher, who had narrow escape when a drone came crashing down just behind him

The international ski federation has banned the use of camera drones from its World Cup races after a device crashed and nearly hit Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher during a slalom in Italy.

FIS men's race director Markus Waldner said drones will be prohibited "as long as I am responsible... because they are a bad thing for safety".

The unmanned flying object carrying a TV camera came down and shattered on the icy slope just behind Hirscher during Tuesday night's race in Madonna di Campiglio.

The four-time overall champion was unhurt and continued his run, finishing second behind Norwegian winner Henrik Kristoffersen.

The company responsible for the camera drone, sports marketing agency Infront, said in a statement "the circumstances leading to (the crash) are currently being examined".

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