A world champion skier had a lucky escape after a drone dropped out of the sky and smashed into the ground, narrowly missing him. Austrian Marcel Hirscher was competing in a slalom race in Italy when the camera drone fell to the ground right behind him.
The crashing drone, which looked like a quadcopter before it broke into pieces, was owned by the broadcast camera crew and is intended to carry heavy equipment. Professional drones like these can easily tip the scales at almost 15kg. Why the drone fell from the sky is unknown, but anything from pilot error, malfunction or even running out of battery life could be to blame.
Hirscher was not aware of the close-call as he sped downhill. "This is horrible," Hirscher said. "This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.''