Transcript for Drone collides with Black Hawk helicopter
We turn to a close call from an army blackhawk helicopter. It was flying security missions here in New York City when it was hit by a drone. ABC's erielle reshef is on that story. Reporter: That collision happened over a residential neighborhood in Staten Island, believed to be the first between an aircraft and a civilian drone. The pilot was forced to land at a New Jersey airport after some tense moments in the sky. This morning the U.S. Army is investigating how a drone collided with this blackhawk helicopter in New York City. This damage to the chopper's blade and window after the drone slammed into it at approximately 500 feet around 8:00 P.M. Thursday night. In the United States it's against the law for private drone pilots to fly at an altitude greater than 400 feet. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely. This isn't the first close call in the sky between a drone and a helicopter. We just had a near mid-air collision with a drone. Reporter: Back in August, Massachusetts state police reported a drone came within 100 feet of one of its choppers. If people follow the instructions for all the rules, it is an absolutely avoidable scenario. Reporter: In June a Charlotte police pilot said a drone inched towards this helicopter while flying over the city. Had the drone struck the helicopter at that speed, velocity, through the windshield, it could have been a catastrophic event. Reporter: Now, the army is investigating this latest incident and trying to find the drone pilot. The helicopter is awaiting repairs. Most of the damage though was done to the drone itself so kind of lucky in this situation. Absolutely. Trying to figure out what was flying the drone. Raises a lot of questions about drone safety going forward. Thank you.
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