Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

Utah drone
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, members of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office fly their search and rescue drone during a demonstration, in Brigham City, Utah. Gov. Gary Hebert has approved the state's first drone restrictions, setting new limits on law enforcement's use of the technology. Herbert's office announced Wednesday that he signed the legislation, which supporters say is needed as drone technology advances and becomes more widespread. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes.

The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn’t compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital.

Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1mWcfae ) reports that the Monday incident highlights the need for the Federal Aviation Administration to set new rules for people flying drones for personal and commercial use.

The man flying the drone had been contracted by the Montgomery County fairgrounds to take aerial shots.

He was not arrested. The hospital notified the FAA of the incident.

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