Australian triathlete injured when ‘hacked’ drone falls from the sky, hits her on head

By Scott Kaufman
Sunday, April 6, 2014 13:08 EDT
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A drone hovers over Petrie Island park in Ottawa, Canada during a demonstration flight (AFP)
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A competitor in the Endure Batavia Triathlon in western Australia was injured today when an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), otherwise known as a drone, suddenly fell from the sky and struck her on the head.

Raija Ogden was treated at the scene for lacerations to her head, and then taken to a local hospital where Geraldton Triathlon Club president Simon Teakle said she is being treated for “minor injuries.”

The drone was being operated by New Era Photography and Film. The company’s owner, Warren Abrams, told The Geraldton Guardian that the events surrounding the drone’s crash “look suspicious.”

“We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system,” he said.

The Geraldton Triathlon Club released a statement about the incident in which it offered its “sincere apologies to Mrs. Ogden.” The statement also indicated that the club is “currently in discussions with the videographers to assess how the incident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the accident. This incident should never have occurred and a full investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the videographers involved.”

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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