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Drone over fatal accident leads to police report, FAA investigation in Connecticut

February 7, 2014

Fox CT still of the fatal accident.

Fox CT still of the fatal accident.

A drone operated by a news photographer in Hartford, Conn. is the focus of a new investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The photographer, who was a temporary employee of WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford, arrived at the scene of a fatal car accident on Saturday, Feb. 1, and began flying a small unmanned aircraft system.

The individual was questioned by Hartford police, and according to Fox CT, is now being investigated by the FAA.

From the Fox CT video, it appears that the car accident may have taken place on private property, but was visible from the public street.

There are no state laws regarding the use of drones in Connecticut, but in October 2013, the legislature publish a report on drone laws in other states.

Asked for more information, WFSB sent this statement regarding the incident to the Professional Society of Drone Journalists:

WFSB does not own or utilize any drone devices. The person identified in the police report is a temporary, on-call employee of WFSB. However, he was not working for the station on the day of the incident. He was not assigned to shoot video of the crime scene by WFSB and has never been compensated for any drone video.

— Klarn DePalma Vice President & General Manager
Matthew Schroyer
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Matthew Schroyer is a drone and data journalist based in Urbana, Illinois.

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