/Drone Mystery Spreads: More Sightings, Close Calls, No Answers

Drone Mystery Spreads: More Sightings, Close Calls, No Answers

Drone equipped with camera. Image for illustration purposes only. Source: Pablo Buffer

Summary: Mysterious drones have been spotted multiple times in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. So far, nobody can explains who operates those drones and what’s the purpose of those flights.

Original author and publication date: Natalia Navarro – January 10, 2020

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: “Mysterious”, in this case, means somebody is using advanced technology in plain sight and local authorities can’t (or won’t) explain who or why.

From the article:

Concerns about the mysterious drones reportedly flying over eastern Colorado are rising as reports of sightings become more widespread.

And a drone nearly hit a medical helicopter Tuesday.

Helicopter pilot Kirk Peebles said he saw a drone pass within 100 feet from his Flight for Life helicopter during a routine medical call near Fort Morgan.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires a special waiver in order to fly drones higher than 400 feet.

“This is no longer a novelty,” said Gov. Jared Polis in an interview with 9News. “I think we need to figure out what’s going on before any accident occurs.”

Law enforcement officials have voiced concerns about the drones interfering with normal flight plans. As a response to the near-miss with the helicopter, Colorado Emergency Management is starting its own investigation into what they call, “reports of suspicious drones in northeastern Colorado.”

Polis said he has asked the state Department of Public Safety to ramp up its monitoring.

“We used one of our state planes to do flyovers a couple days ago, looking for heat signatures, we didn’t detect any,” Polis told 9News. “We’re going to be doing that again”

Law enforcement agencies on Colorado’s Eastern Plains started a task force Monday with the FAA and the FBI to try to find the source of the drones.

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