It’s not everyday you see a drone fall from the sky like a dead satellite falling from the stars. That’s what happened on Marcel Hirscher’s second run of a World Cup slalom ski race at Madonna di Campiglio in Italy on Tuesday. Moments away from the bottom of his run down the ski slope.
The drone was a large rig carrying heavy camera gear and would have certainly caused injury had it crashed moments earlier.
“This is horrible,” Hirscher said after the event. “This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury.”
The International Ski Federation (FIS) posted the following statement to their website.
While FIS and its partners aim to use new technology to enhance the fan experience, an accident such as the drone crash cannot happen again. Even if – unlike in Austria, Switzerland and other countries – drones are authorized to fly over a crowd during events in Italy, FIS and the host broadcaster will work together with all the involved parties to see what occurred during the crash and ensure that this will not happen again.