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Private pilots battle with stoned drone, stray duiker — their ...

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Private pilots battle with stoned drone, stray duiker — their fallibility

CAA reports highlight a number of incidents in which aircraft were badly damaged, but no one injured or killed

Cape Town bureau chief

The image shot by a R30,000 drone looks like the last scene in a disaster movie, and in a way it was.

Moments after beaming the frame back to the ground from an altitude of 400ft, a rock from an opencast mine blast hit the drone, at which point the pilot lost touch with the machine.

Efforts to find the Mavic 2 Pro once the dust had settled in Graskop, Mpumalanga, failed, probably because the blast displaced enough rock to fill 44 Olympic swimming pools...

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