In an attempt to get the shot, more often than not photographers expose themselves to certain risks. Loud Lab News photographer Victor Park recently avoided getting seriously injured after a crashing car missed him by only a couple of inches.
Helicopter crash lands in New York’s East River killing 5 while on photography tour
A private helicopter that had been chartered for a private photo session crashed into New York’s East River yesterday. Sadly, only one of its six occupants, the pilot has survived. According to CNN, the pilot said that one of the passenger’s bags may have accidentally hit the emergency fuel shutoff button, causing the helicopter to plummet.
The passengers were on board a Eurocopter AS350 owned by Liberty Helicopters. The crash is the third such incident for Liberty Helicopters in the last 11 years. The National Transportation Safety Board is on site and investigating the crash to determine the cause. The incident was captured and posted to Twitter by somebody in the area.
Drone may have caused helicopter to crash land in South Carolina
After a drone collides with a US Army Black Hawk helicopter just last month, we’re already hearing about another incident involving a helicopter and a drone. This time, though, the helicopter was forced to make a crash landing. The incident is currently being investigated and if proven to be true would mark the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the USA.
According to Bloomberg, during a flight last week involving a student pilot and instructor, a drone was spotted in front of their Robinson R22 helicopter during a flight. This forced the instructor to take over and take corrective action to avoid the collision, hitting the tail of the helicopter into a tree and causing a crash landing.
Swiss skier crashes into photographers at the Winter Olympics
Photographing sports or car races always bears a certain amount of risk (both for the sportsmen and the photographers). Yesterday, photographers at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang had a close encounter with Swiss skier Lara Gut, who crashed into them.
Track videographer almost taken out by tumbling race car
We all take risks for our art of some form or another. For some, that risk is getting into debt to satisfy gear lust. For others, the risks are a little more physical. And those physical risks often seem to present themselves for motor racing photographers and videographers. As this video clip just goes to show.
There’s not really any information to go along with the clip, but it appears to be a rally somewhere in Russia. Then we see Car number 50 hurtle around a corner, all four tyres off the ground, before losing control, barely missing a guy shooting video on the side lines, tumbling several times, finally landing in a ditch.
Man convicted for Seattle drone crash which knocked woman unconscious may face jail time
38 year old Paul M. Skinner had been accused of engaging in a conduct that created a “substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person”, and was charged. It comes from an incident in June 2015 when a woman was knocked unconscious when struck by Skinner’s drone during a Pride parade in downtown Seattle.
Seattle Times reports that Seattle Municipal Court agreed on Friday, and found him guilty of reckless endangerment. The six jury members reached a unanimous decision over the four day trial presided by Judge Willie Gregory.
Photojournalist rescues driver from burning SUV caught on camera
Photojournalists are used to seeing some pretty intense scenes in the course of their work. It’s not often that they choose to become part of them, though. Cameraman and owner of RMG News, Austin Raishbrook made that choice when he put down his camera to rescue a trapped and unconscious driver from a burning vehicle.
CBS reports that Raishbrook was filming n SUV that had stalled on the outside lane of a northbound California freeway. The SUV’s lights had failed after two vehicles made glancing blows as they went past, but then a third slammed into it. This caused it spin and burst into flames. Raishbrook immediately “switched over from cameraman to rescuer”.
2016 seems to be a record year for Christmas drone crashes
I suppose it shouldn’t come as much surprise that drones have become the hot gift this year. There’s more drones on the market now than ever before. They range in price from $10 to thousands, and anybody can get hold of one. But, what surprises me is the number of them that seem to crash within 24 hours of emerging from their box.
It’s almost like the manufacturers don’t even pop any suggestions in the box at all. You know, like “If you’ve never flown a drone before, take it easy”, “Try to avoid hitting trees, houses, and peoples heads”, etc. But, then, humanity isn’t really the best at reading instruction manuals anyway. I just feel bad for all the poor Christmas trees.
They didn’t expect this wedding crasher to be a drone – Now the guests are suing the groom
With drones becoming more and more popular at weddings, it was only a matter of time before an accident happened. Although it’s not the photographer or video guy to blame for this one. Apparently it’s the groom’s fault. The Boston Herald reports that New Hampshire man, Barry Billcliff had just married his new bride when he decided to fly his drone during the reception.
Two guests at the August wedding, Kelly Eaton and Kneena Ellis, have now filed a negligence lawsuit against both the groom and Searles Castle Event Management, Inc. where the incident took place. Eaton says that the drone broke her nose and orbital bone and left her with concussion when the drone struck her head. Ellis is also claiming a concussion as well as lacerations from blades hitting her head.
Australian man almost drowns while trying to save his drone
Victoria Police have reported that a 22 year old Australian man has been pulled from the water at St Kilda Pier. Why was he in the water? Well, he was attempting to rescue his drone. He’d been flying the drone with a friend to shoot photos as part of a project when it suddenly fell into the water.
Attempts to recover the drone from the pier were futile. So he stripped down to his underwear, and jumped in. The average sea temperature right now is around 14°C, so needless to say, his efforts didn’t quite go as planned. The drone rescue quickly turned into his own rescue as the cold water took its toll, causing cramps.
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