[Ed. – This may sound relatively harmless, until you think about it. The drone was apparently operating just above the authorized altitude of 400 feet. The drone’s operator had to know his drone was close to the Army helos. The remnant piece of the drone found afterward at the bottom of the main rotor system could have seriously messed up an expensive piece of army equipment — and gotten the aircrew killed. This isn’t funny. And it’s a way for terrorists or insurrectionists to significantly endanger public safety.]
Two Blackhawks with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina were in the city on duty for the United Nations General Assembly, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.
The Army said the choppers were flying low along the east shore of Staten Island when a drone slammed into the side of one of them.
They were able to continue on and land at Linden Airport, where WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski took a look at the damage.
“As that drone came apart, a piece of it was actually found upon landing up on the transmission deck, right at the bottom of the main rotor system,” he said.