Watch out for falling drones

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ANGELENO HEIGHTS — The Eastsider has posted several videos before of breathtaking views captured by camera-equipped drones buzzing above Echo Park and Boyle Heights. Now, we got a video of a drone plunging to earth, with the camera capturing every second before and after it crashed on an Angeleno Heights street.

The onboard camera shows how the drone begins to wobble and then spiral out of downward before the hitting the pavement  in the 1000 block of West Kensington Road east of Echo Park Lake. Despite the crash, the camera keeps recording and captures an image of the drone apparently being driven over by a vehicle.  But the camera continues  record, capturing the remarks of  people in English and Spanish who are inspecting the object that has fallen from the sky.

“Holy crap” one person is heard saying. “What if it’s a bomb?” says another.

Eventually someone  picks up the damaged drone off the street and carries it down the sidewalk as the camera continues to record and the blades keep whirring. “Pobrecito,” someone says of the fallen drone.

What was a drone doing hovering over Angeleno Heights? The notes on the video posted four months ago on Vimeo explains:

While out filming some footage for my new film, “Lion” (imdb.com/title/tt2989872/) coming out next year, in Silverlake, CA my drone lost it’s footing and decided to nose dive into the street. This is pretty much in the middle of LA.

The FAA recently released a set of proposed rules for the operation of remote-controlled drones.

One comment

  1. I thought the use of drones were illegal?

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