Drone crash near playpark given greenlight to fly again


Matternet drones, which saw two serious incidents including a drone crash last year, has been given the greenlight to fly again by Swiss authorities.

The first incident in January 2019 saw a drone perform an emergency landing on Lake Zurich due to a GPS error.

The second in May was the result of a faulty parachute. It resulted in a drone crash in close proximity to a children’s playpark where children were playing at the time. No one was injured.

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Matternet drones were being used, in conjunction with Swiss Post, to transport lab samples from one hospital to another.

After the drone crash, Swiss Post demanded a number of changes to Matternet drones before the operation could continue.

These included reinforced parachute ropes, a second rope, and an increase in the volume of an alert whistle. The changes have now been made.

A Matternet spokesperson commented: “We’re excited to resume and expand our operations in Switzerland in close partnership with Swiss Post and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation. Switzerland is known for its high standards of safety and high quality transportation services.”

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