DJI calls for drone incident reporting caution in wake of airport disruption   

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DJI has released a statement calling for more caution in the evaluation of drone sighting reports following the disruption caused at Gatwick and Heathrow.

It stressed that it had offered assistance to investigators and airports where the reported sightings had occurred.

Describing how, as of yet, none of the reports have been confirmed drone sightings, it gave examples of where the drone blame had been wrong in the past.

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It referenced a plastic bag in the UK in 2016, structural failure in Mozambique in 2017, a bat in Australia in 2017 and a balloon in New Zealand last year.

DJI went on to accept certain isolated cases of drones being flown improperly, but explained how drones have amassed an admirable safety record around the world.

The company’s VP of policy and legal affairs, Brendan Schulman, said: “This recent rash of unconfirmed drone sightings may reflect the power of suggestion more than actual use of drones at airports.”

He continued: “As more airports and airlines use drones for their own inspection, surveying and security purposes, aviation stakeholders must determine how to respond to drone sightings in ways that help ensure safety but cause the least disruption. DJI stands ready to assist the industry with this important work.”

DJI also confirmed that it deplores any attempt to deliberately cause harm with a drone, and fully supports criminal sanctions against people who are proven to have done so.

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