Kathmandu, Nepal—Drone video of the tragic earthquake that struck the very top of the world is beyond epic.
As soon as the quake hit television networks and camera drone operators were boarding all available means of transportation. The drone pilots understood full well the absolute importance of rushing to the scene.
They know that drone images and video helps rescuers and engineers determine the safest ways to extract victims. At the same time shows the rest of the world just how this desperate the situation is being handled.
Drone pilots and first responders everywhere are beginning to understand that in natural disasters, search and rescue along with other emergencies analyzing the material is a genuine lifesaver.
It’s much easier for ground crews to locate survivors, evaluate hazards and determine the need for specialized equipment with the help of the new small drone technology.
Helicopters are too large and their prop wash can actually bring more danger to these delicate extractions. Once victims are clear then helicopters can drop stretchers and cables to swiftly extract victims to medical care.
CNN broadcast the heartbreaking video below to their viewers of devastation of this ancient and mystical city. The incredible newsgathering capability of the drones is just beginning to get the attention of the nations news directors and editors.
Again I must herald that with nearly two million multi-rotor drones on the hands of the public, there has never been a fatality or serious injury. Property damage is limited to drones getting caught in trees or insignificant collisions with the ground. The 7000 helicopters in service worldwide can never boast of that kind of a safety record.
Aside from capturing stunning images drones are unquestionable lifesavers.