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  • 7 April 2014, 10:03

'Hacked' Drone Plummets And Injures Athlete

A filming drone which plummeted to the ground and injured a triathlete may have been hacked, it has been claimed.

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) is investigating after the drone dropped 10 metres and reportedly hit Raiji Ogden in Geraldton, Western Australia.

She suffered head injuries and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

The drone's owner, Warren Abrams, said an initial investigation showed someone nearby "channel hopped" the device.

It is a form of hacking which can make a drone uncontrollable to the original operator.

He said a similar incident occurred when the drone took flight earlier in the day.

Geraldton Triathlon Club president Simon Teakle promised a full investigation, and apologised to the injured competitor.

Mr Abrams insisted the drone fell behind the athlete, startling her.

Casa said there is a legal requirement that unmanned aircraft should be flown at least 30 metres away from people.

Commercial operators of drones must also be certified, it said.