Police are appealing for information following a report that an unmanned aerial vehicle (commonly known as a drone) was flying in the East Strand area of Portrush on the afternoon of Sunday 4 September when the Air Show was on.
Constable Joe Connaghan said: “At approximately 2.35pm, it was reported that a man was hit on the head with the unmanned aerial vehicle. Due to the Air Show being on there were flying restrictions in the area. I would ask anyone with any information about this incident, or anyone who may have footage of the unmanned aerial vehicle being flown, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 844 of 04/09/16.”
A man aged in his 30s was cautioned in relation to this incident at the time.
Qualified Drone Pilot Ian Service from Aerial Media Productions NI said :” A Notice was issued prior the Air Show which was for a no fly zone in a 6 mile radius.
Aviation laws which state you cannot fly 50m near person vehicle or structure that is not in the pilots control and 30m clearance for takeoff and landing.
When it’s a congested area or crowds 1000+ then it’s 150 clearance from person, vehicle or structure.
“Max height when flying is 120 m and max distance from pilot is 500m or within line of sight of drone which could could be less depending on visibility.”