Drone nearly collides with Austrian rescue helicopter

Drone nearly collides with Austrian rescue helicopter
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An emergency helicopter carrying an car crash victim to hospital in Austria narrowly avoided a mid-air collision with a drone that flew within metres of the craft.

The drone was spotted by the helicopter pilot at the last second and he was able to steer the aircraft out of the way and prevent a collision.

“We were just around 5,000 feet high and flying at 250 kilometres an hour when I suddenly noticed something,” the pilot told the Krone Zeitung. “It was a drone that was flying two metres from right to left under the helicopter.”

The helicopter was on its way to Klagenfurt hospital after picking up a 50-year-old critically injured patient from the site of a car crash in Maria Luggau.

Local police have been unable to establish who was controlling the drone and have called for people to call 059133/2212 if they have any information.

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