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Police look for drone operator near site of crash near Hastings

Posted at 4:21 PM, Jun 27, 2016

HASTINGS, Mich. – Police in Barry County are sending a simple but important reminder to drone operators. Know the law.

A crash sent six people to the hospital on Friday, but it was almost made worse when a drone flying near the crash site impeded the approach of medical helicopters.

Police are still searching for the drone pilot.

The drone was spotted by an Aero Med pilot on its way to the crash at M-43 and M-179. Officials say that the drone should not have been close to the medical aircraft or the scene of the crash. They are worried that next time the consequences for breaking that law could be deadly.

Hastings airport personnel say they did not receive any requests for a drone flight, which is required for drone pilots.

Drone pilots must be at least 16 years old, and drones cannot leave the pilot’s line of sight.