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Fete patrons injured by falling drone

By Cecily Asson Sunday, January 26 2014

TWO male patrons attending the “Out in South Cooler Fete” at National Academy for the Performing Arts in San Fernando on Friday night sustained serious head injuries when a drone fell out the sky and landed on them.

The batteries in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) failed, Sunday Newsday was told.

The unidentified victims received first aid treatment from a paramedics of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services and were later transferred by ambulance to the San Fernando General Hospital where they received further treatment for the injuries.

A drone is an aircraft without a human pilot on board and its flight is controlled autonomously by computers in the vehicle or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The drone had been hovering about 30 feet over the massive crowd filming the action before the aircraft malfunctioned and fell on the patrons.

With their heads covered over with their jerseys, the bleeding men were assisted out of the thick crowd by their friends and taken for first aid treatment. The aircraft operator was later seen being interviewed by police officers.

The fete, which according to reports, was over-subscribed leaving thousands outside the venue’s gates unable to enter, was a promotion of Funky Monkey and Art Committee.

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