News Helicopters Have Close Call With a Drone

A pilot and cameraman were able to capture on film the operator of the small aircraft.
1:38 | 03/20/15

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I agree with you, Lara. A scary encounter in the sky all caught on camera. A drone flying feet from news helicopters, one of those choppers even capturing the man operating the drone on camera. ABC's David Kerley has that story for us. Hey, ed, we just got droned. Reporter: Calmness in a close call. That's a drone flying dangerously close to two TV news choppers including our Seattle affiliate KOMO 4. Above air 4. He's got to be, what, 1500 feet. Reporter: Nearly four times higher than the regulations allow. Seattle has seen drone flights that violate the regulations before. Remember this one, that flew dangerously close to the space needle last summer. But this one flying in controlled airspace, scaring and angering the pilots. Any contact with the rotor blade could and probably will be catastrophic. Reporter: What's next is remarkable. I want to figure out who is doing this. Reporter: The cameraman is able to follow the drone as it dives then buzzing over neighborhood roof tops all violations and the drone leads the camera right to the man with the remote. That's him and his drone. We're in the wild west phase of drone development and anybody can get in a catalog and buy a fairly sophisticated drone. Reporter: A dangerous trend. Not a matter if there is going to be collision between a real aircraft and one of these toys but a matter of when. Reporter: That photographer followed the operator all the way to a home, law enforcement knocked and were told no one owned a drone there. But the FAA is now joining the investigation and will decide if legal action will be taken for flying so close to those choppers. David Kerley, ABC news, Washington.

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