Skiing's organizational dinosaur the FIS has today announced that it will ban the use of drones at all its events following a TV camera drone crash narrowly missing Olympic Medalist Marcel Hirscher yesterday. Men's event director Markus Waldner told reporters the ban would last "as long as I am responsible .... because they are a bad thing for safety. It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt, I am very angry."
For his part, Hirscher was slightly more sanguine. "I am very relieved that nothing happened," Hirscher said. "You don't want to think about what could have happened when 10 kilograms (22 pounds) are coming down 20 meters (65 feet). That would have been a very serious, bad injury. There are a lot of cool things nowadays. But you have to guarantee the safety - and that was just insane."
The company responsible for the camera drone, Infront (the long term broadcaster for the Alpine world cup), said it was still examining the crash. "We are extremely relieved that apparently no-one was hurt," Infront said in a statement. "At the same time, this incident is being taken very seriously and the circumstances leading to it are currently being examined. An update will be provided as soon as secured information is available."
So what do you think NS? Are FIS overreacting? Should the ban be more widespread?