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A university student has copped a hefty fine after flying a drone near a police helicopter during a search and rescue operation in the Blue Mountains last year.
PolAir5 was conducting a low aerial search at Echo Point at Katoomba in September 2016, when officers on the ground spotted the drone flying near the chopper.
Not only was the 25 year old man operating the drone close to the helicopter, he then crashed it into a tree on a residential property.
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It wasn't the first time he's been in trouble with breaching drone safety regulations, counselled over previous flights aswell.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority issuing a $900 penalty for the hazardous operation with CASA spokesman Peter Gibson saying it highlights the importance of following safety rules at all times.
“Drones must never be flown in a way that causes a hazard to people, property or aircraft and kept more than 30 metres from people at all times and always flown in the line of sight of the drone pilot,” Mr Gibson said.