Drone at Stanley Cup Final party causes concerns

TAMPA, FL (WFLA), (sUAS News + HABANA's Drone Division) – A white drone with flashing lights descended from the sky during a Stanley Cup Final party on Amalie Arena’s plaza.

With a camera peering into the crowd, the drone hovered near a large screen showing the game. It then took off.

President and FounderSteven Levy of HABANA is concerned. “That put others in danger, flew over people’s heads, and was potentially an aircraft out of control,” Levy said.

He uses drones to capture amazing video for clients.

Levy worries the person who flew this drone wasn’t able to see it as it zoomed above the hockey fans. “That particular pilot is not in line of sight of that aircraft. They are flying through the camera. That’s extremely dangerous,” he said.

If the pilot had lost contact with the drone, it could’ve gone out of control, Levy added. Just ask Enrique Iglesias. Last week in Mexico the singer grabbed a drone out of the air at a concert. The drone badly sliced his fingers. “They are easy to fly until you lose control,” Levy said.

Others who watched the video agree that a drone should not be flying above a crowd. “I would have been nervous if I was there just what could happen,” Ashley Gaughan said.

Not everyone has a problem with the drone flyover. “I think it’s pretty neat. It’s pretty awesome, actually. Somebody really did that,” Daron Norrington said.