Unfortunate event as Triathlete sustains head injuries from drone

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A competitor in today’s Endure Batavia Triathlon has been taken to hospital after an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) otherwise known as a drone, fell from the sky hitting her on the head.

The competitor, Raija Ogden was heading into her second lap of the run leg of the race on the Foreshore when the incident occurred.

The remote-controlled copter struck her head and she fell to the ground.

Raija is the wife of defending champ Courtney Ogden who came in second place in today’s race shortly after the incident occurred.

The UAV operated and owned by local videographers New Era Photography and Film were covering the event with live footage and owner Warren Abrams said the circumstances looked to be suspicious.

“We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system,” he said.

The Geraldton Triathlon Club released a statement expressing their sincere apologies about the accident.

“In relation to the incident that occurred today at the Endure Batavia Triathlon involving an aerial camera and competitor Raija Ogden, the Geraldton Triathlon Club wish to state their sincere apologies to Mrs Ogden,” the statement said.

“Mrs Ogden has been treated by paramedics on location and the club have been advised she is in a stable condition following the incident, with minor injuries sustained to her head.

“Geraldton Triathlon Club President Simon Teakle, said the club are very disappointed that this has occurred.

“We are currently in discussions with the videographers to assess how the incident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the accident,” he said.

“This incident should never have occurred and a full investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the videographers involved.”

Update – Follow up story – UAV operator “not certified” according to ACUO

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    • i have 2 dji phantoms. super easy to hack man. a simple phone jammer will make that thing just fall out of the sky. or simply using a 5.8ghz array futaba

    • demopublican on

      Yes they can,

      Never every drone out there, even the military ones run off UNencrypted lines. All the commercial ones use serial communications, on transparent Xbees or Bluetooth.

      Scan the Xbee channels (1-15, likely default!), or bluetooth (pin: ’0000′) and viola: you’ll likely get streaming info and likely can send commands if you know the protocol. It’s easier than even the ARDrone WiFi hack (which is actually harder).

      As for hacking the 2.4 narrow band radio (Spektrum/Futaba/etc…) very unlikely.

  1. Was the UAV operator fully licensed under CASA regulations, requiring that operator to have a minimum of a private pilots license (plane or heli) and UAV operators certification?…

    • Certified Operator on

      It shouldn’t be up there in the first place without CASA certification for the controller (pilot) and the operator (company) if being used for commercial purposes (getting financial reward)

  2. Was the UAV operator fully licensed under CASA regulations, requiring that operator to have a minimum of a private pilots license (plane or heli) and UAV operators certification?…

  3. That’s so unlucky lucky they are stable poor lady .. hacked ?? A Drone what next .. is abit suss highly think maybe not hacked just a uncoordinated driver maybe and a few drinks wasnt watching where it was flying .. lol

  4. Jenny Bullock you are sooo lucky your comment has just been deleted you imature piece off shit…Keep your comments to yourself you low life…That was my niece you were talking about, she is doing her job,and you post such a smart arse comment…SHAME ON YOU

  5. Ouch, that is pure bad luck and the case of wrong timing, A speedy recovery for Mrs Ogden.
    I cannot see paramedic embroidered on the back of the SJA uniform, I see volunteer, This needs to be corrected, Volunteers are not Paramedics, they are first responders or first aid.

  6. Vicki Philips, get off your high horse and read the code of conduct with SJA, as it appears you seem to know everything once you read the code of conduct between SJA volunteers and Paramedics, then you know the difference when it comes to the court of law and while you are at it, have a good look at the photograph that was taken at the scene of the incident, and read the post. There is volunteer on the the uniforms, Not Paramedic, This is what I am stating of what is seen before me. The Journalist should be writing fact not fiction. I do not see a paramedic in attendance in this photograph, I see a SJA Volunteer. and Yes, Jenny Bullock, I do know they call in the Paramedics if required.

  7. Gee ladies this was a post put up just to give people info but you have decided to turn it into a cat fight thanks everything Gero and hope the rider is not too badly injured

  8. Carrol-Sue Bedson and Kim Whyte as already mentioned, the reporter Peta Kingdon simply quoted the statement issued. The statement was issued by the Geraldton Triathlon Club President. We will clarify if they meant something different than what they said, or if other staff including paramedics indeed assisted the person. We appreciate your information. It would be poor practice to simply change someone’s statement.

  9. Vicki if you had off seen what jenny wrote you would have put your lil input in to…And yes i also hope that the lady is okay…So i have every write to say what i have said..

    • Spell checker on

      Seems your ability to read and comprehend is on a par with your spelling.

  10. Cant we get these ridiculous flying accidents outlawed b4 theres many more accidents. soon the skies will be full of this crap and people are gonna get killed, stupid idea by geeks!

  11. it wasn’t even the reporter that quoted that Carrol-Sue. how about you read the article before getting on your high horse. It’s so ‘frustration’ when the people commenting get it wrong.

  12. it wasn’t even the reporter that quoted that Carrol-Sue. how about you read the article before getting on your high horse. It’s so ‘frustration’ when the people commenting get it wrong.

  13. What an unfortunate outcome to a community event! I do wish Mrs Ogden a speedy recovery. I also wish people would get their facts right before making assumptions and commenting.

    The operator was an experienced user and is also dealing with the events that happened today. The UAV had been tampered with by someone within the crowd by getting on the same frequency inorder to have complete control over the drone!

    When this occurred the pilot and people involved noticed lost in video feed and that their frequency was no longer on. GPS.

    There were witnesses that approached the local business stating that a person in the crowd bragging that they could take control over the drone! The witnesses were also heard saying “he did it! He did it!” Unfortunately due to them being minors their photo and names could not be taken by local business owner.

    Witnesses also saw the drone crash into the pavement not the runner. Volunteer/paramedics stated that the injuries sustained were from shock and falling onto the pavement.

    Furthermore when these incidents occur the pilot of the UAV claims that the drone was being pulled in the opposite direction to it being actually controlled. The person was also intentionally trying to fly it into the competitors! Intentionally wanting to crash the drone and hurt someone!

    I do hope that the witnesses come forward to police to aid in the investigation. I also hope they find the person who took it on themself to ruin this community event! Not only did they ruin the name of a local business but unforgivably also hurt Mrs Ogden in the process!

    Lets focus on finding this person instead of putting the blame on people who were there to contribute to this community event and so that justice is served to all affected by this unfortunate incident!

    • Regardless of whether it was hacked or not.. it should not have been in the air at that event, it is completely against all regulations. If the pilot was certified by CASA, they would have known that.

    • Sorry but that is very incorrect.
      Me and my girls were watching the “drone” flying over the car in the middle of the entertainment area. It was flying normally ,sounded all good, then you could hear something went wrong and it just went straight down to ground. It hit the athlete in the head, hard!!! When she looked around to see what had hit her there was blood already running down her forehead, She then went to sit down on the ground.
      I was watching from behind her about 7m away
      It hit her not the ground behind her
      it was definitely not being “flown” by someone, it went straight to ground, maybe mechanical?

  14. What an unfortunate outcome to a community event! I do wish Mrs Ogden a speedy recovery. I also wish people would get their facts right before making assumptions and commenting.

    The operator was an experienced user and is also dealing with the events that happened today. The UAV had been tampered with by someone within the crowd by getting on the same frequency inorder to have complete control over the drone!

    When this occurred the pilot and people involved noticed lost in video feed and that their frequency was no longer on. GPS.

    There were witnesses that approached the local business stating that a person in the crowd bragging that they could take control over the drone! The witnesses were also heard saying “he did it! He did it!” Unfortunately due to them being minors their photo and names could not be taken by local business owner.

    Witnesses also saw the drone crash into the pavement not the runner. Volunteer/paramedics stated that the injuries sustained were from shock and falling onto the pavement.

    Furthermore when these incidents occur the pilot of the UAV claims that the drone was being pulled in the opposite direction to it being actually controlled. The person was also intentionally trying to fly it into the competitors! Intentionally wanting to crash the drone and hurt someone!

    I do hope that the witnesses come forward to police to aid in the investigation. I also hope they find the person who took it on themself to ruin this community event! Not only did they ruin the name of a local business but unforgivably also hurt Mrs Ogden in the process!

    Lets focus on finding this person instead of putting the blame on people who were there to contribute to this community event and so that justice is served to all affected by this unfortunate incident!

    • LOL. LMAO. All I can say is 1. You can’t operate near people. 2. You can’t be insured if you are not certified. 3. The operation is shonky because of the BS excuse of ‘hacked’ drone. I mean, try to prove that. The operator is totally screwed and will be getting a nasty letter from CASA. Actually, this will become an official CASA crash investigation as it a Civil matter now.

    • They are *already* outlawed for commercial use unless certified. How it was being used was completely illegal.

  15. Gee…Gero must be pretty boring to have a whinge about the volunteer ambos without corporate embroidery on their shirts. Obviously they know “their stuff” as it appears Mrs Ogden is doing fine.

  16. Fgs all I said was stop having a go at vicki back off using my name in your coments and being rude does the coments always have to get personal and when some1 sticks up for some1 the cop it to what a group of bullies get a life

  17. Ive had experience with this drone, it operates at 2.4GHz which is the same as any mobile phone. Hacking or at least disrupting the signal is VERY easy.

  18. i think anyone that felt the need to whinge about a volunteer being called a parademic and then be frustrated by the subsequent ‘wrong reporting’ needs to get a life also.

  19. I came off my bike last year,&the ambo’s were great.. I would’ve been in trouble,if not for the roadside help they gave until I got to hospital.

  20. Was wondering the same thing Troy Coulthard. For our business to use ours we had have people gain a private pilots licence and get a UAV operators certificate from CASA!

  21. New era are completely licensed UAV (very few are licensed in WA) operators and they do a great job and are very experienced, they do a lot of work for us. Hope Warren can find out what happened!!

    • Well they aren’t listed on the CASA website as being licensed. What business name are they licensed under?

  22. The Geraldton Knight on

    I highly doubt that the drone was hacked and then purposely driven into the crowd by some “mystyrious evil” kid in the crowd. Even if it was the case why would you risk having something like that in the air hovering over hundreds of people when the machine is so easily “hacked”. I hope the drone man has insurance and a good lawyer.

  23. I’m not implying that warren is unlicensed, I fact I know differently. I was just saying that anyone can own one and you only need be licensed if using it commercially. Where and when you can operate it as an unlicensed operator I have no idea, but common sense would dictate that you don’t fly them in a populated area!! I know how heavy these things can get and I just hope that this lady is ok and has a speedy recovery :)

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  25. It is infuriating to read such comments written by people in the community. Accidents can occur!!!!! As it states in the headline it was an unfortunate ACCIDENT. If you read the version of events written in one of the previous comments you will get the full story before you go and comment something that will hurt someone. My sister happened to be the pilot today and I feel she is outstanding at her job. She was very shaken up after the incident that occurred. I think the comments that people have written are very un necessary as opinions should be kept to ones self. The lady was not struck by the drone so I think the media is again once to blame for the outburst!!!!! People need to get their facts straight before throwing around accusations and false information.

  26. Vicki Phillips, I agree, volunteers aren’t useless and play a very important role in the community. But just to clarify also, paramedics don’t need to be volunteers first to become a paramedic. :-)

  27. Not sure how someone hijacks an encrypted digital frequency hopping spread spectrum radio link. I’m sure it must be possible, anything’s possible. As far as I am aware how the Iranian’s did it was to jam the radio link so that the drone would return to home, and then send fake GPS signals to fool the drone into thinking Iran was its home.

  28. Evan Wyndham, you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about and talking out of your arse.

    850MHz (Telstra, Vodafone) – Exclusive 3G band
    900MHz (Optus, Vodafone) – available in most metro areas on Optus, with both Optus and Vodafone re-farming the 2G 900 spectrum in regional and rural areas
    2100MHz (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) – Exclusive 3G band

    4G / LTE
    2100Mhz – Telstra (3G spectrum)
    1800Mhz – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    900Mhz – Telstra, Vodafone?, Optus (utilises spectrum previously used by 2G)
    2300Mhz (B40) TDD – Optus (Vivid wireless spectrum)

    2.4Ghz is exclusively reserved for IEEE 802.11x (WiFi) signals, and is also the frequency that microwave ovens use to resignate water particles. Because it’s utterly useless for long distance radiio communications.

    Please refer to the ACMA radio Frequency Specrum Allocation chart.

    http://www.acma.gov.au/~/media/Spectrum%20Transformation%20and%20Government/Publication/pdf/spectrum_chart2013%20pdf.pdf

    How are they hacking these UAVs? Please enlighten me. That statement of “hacking” is total bullshit. it’s just a poor excuse to try to use technology as an escapegoat for plain and simple human error.

  29. Coptercam I am sure you have had incidents happen within you company. Please keep your comments to yourself until the official investigation has concluded.

  30. Hey coptercam butt out on something that had nothing to do with u and u don’t even live in geraldton and weren’t even there… u must have nothing better to do with ur life

  31. Martijn van Gene on

    I am an avid RC and UAS/UAV flyer. Unmanned aerial vehicles cannot be hacked. The only explanation would be that if they flew on “the old bands” eg. 35mHz or 40mHz, someone with the identical radio setup can override the original operator’s signal, provided the output is high enough and the same crystal is used.

    Furthermore, being at such close proximity that physical injury can occur does show that the operator wasn’t respecting flight safety. Closeups are done with telelenses!

    Last thing; all my flying systems are equipped with failsafes. If my controlling signal is lost, my autonomous vehicles move to a pre-set rally point, 100m high at a location I am sure the vehicle is within sufficient range of my transmitter, say 100m. That should be law, to have someone check the failsafes before any commercially operated UAS flight within proximity of crowds/habitats.

  32. @Gabby, actually no. It’s isn’t common for CASA certified UAV operators to crash a drone into a person at a public event. In fact most certified operators, including Coptercam have an impeccable safety record. What annoys me about this “accident” is the total lack of accountability for 1. Breaching the 30m rule, and 2. blaming a hacker! What you and Michael don’t understand is that this bad PR is going to affect all commercial UAV operators and hobbyists which makes it everyone’s business. I too await the official CASA investigation, and I hope there isn’t a knee jerk reaction from CASA.

  33. People this is why it is called a bloody accident.
    Shit happens! When it is man made, sooner or later it will go wrong.
    I truly hope the person injured, is on the recovery path quickly.Head injuries never nice.
    All our thoughts are with them.

  34. I am sorry that this event has taken place. As a person who loves and lives for flying through an UAS (aerial unmanned system) allow my input on the case which is gonna be short.

    1) You don’t fly over human heads no matter how experienced pilot you are unless the copter flies less than 2 meters over a head protected with helmet and the copters props are well guarded so they don’t cause injury.
    2) GPS is a feature that will autonomously guide the aircraft so basically it can’t be hacked end of story. The only part that can be hacked is the navigation frequency (The transmitter that controls the UAS) and the Video frequency.

    There is a big But here.

    1) The navigation frequency is a shifting frequency that the receiver and transmitter modulate to in order to avoid interference and that shifting is being done 80 times a second which makes it very hard for someone to Hack it.
    2) The UAS should have been flown in visual sight just in case the video was lost not only because of hacking but also a typical interference.

    Conclusion:
    No matter what, the biggest % of responsibility is to be on the pilot for several reasons and here’s a couple:
    1) Flying over congested area.
    2) His property caused injury.

    Conclusion: Even if you are the best pilot of a UAS there are things you can’t control that will be tagged on you if something goes wrong.

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  36. Mate you obviously did not read any previous comments and seem to know all the facts so were obviously at the event, not! Let’s leave it up to those viewing the footage and events before casting judgment

  37. Of course any ‘Radio Controlled’ vehicle can be ‘Hacked’. Look up the meaning of hacked and you will see what that means, Anyone who knows radio control, knows that someone who can highjack the signal from the controller could effectively mimick that signal and take the vehicle over. But like Gabby is saying, wait till the investigations before making the assumption about something when you were not there perhaps??..

  38. Everything Geraldton – nice false and sensational title you twits. Eye witnesses state the runner tripped over it. But I guess its good publicity to demonize UAV platforms with these fear porn sensationalized titles.

    • She didn’t trip mate it fell from about 30ft and landed straight on her head…. the guy who owns the company said to me an hour before it happened that this drone kept cutting out and shouldn’t be up there anyway

    • Raija Ogden on

      Dear Bob,

      I would be very grateful if you would contact CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) with your contact details. CASA is investigating this incident.

      Warmest regards

      Raija Ogden

    • She didn’t trip mate it fell from about 30ft and landed straight on her head…. the guy who owns the company said to me an hour before it happened that this drone/whatever kept cutting out and shouldn’t be up there anyway he is most likely at fault

  39. Chloe that was more than likely not a “drone” and was a Remote Control Multirotor or quadcopter. Drone is more akin to the militaries use of blowing shit up autonomously

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  46. I really hope the lady’s involed are ok and know names should be mentioned with adds like this would be lovely to relize that your family member has head ignores on fb and two here 25 dif storys on how I think I’ll leave getting my news to a more reliable sorse in future .

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    • You aren’t on that list either Steve Brooks… and you have quadcopter footage over a sporting event… pot – kettle, black.

  48. My take on this story:

    1) This fellow buzzed the triathlete far too close, the UAV then crashed in front of the athlete.

    2) To avoid the legal ramifications, this tosser by the name of Warran Abrams is claiming the controls were “Hacked”. Something that can’t happen with his aircraft/controller combo.

    3) CASA are going to fine him. And I like that prospect VERY much.

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  50. I really feel sorry for Raija Ogden to be branded a liar by the operator. According to the West Australian, she said “I have lacerations on my head from the drone and the ambulance crew took a piece of propeller from my head”

  51. Very entertaining stories and theories going on here and most are way off the mark. I saw the whole thing from the drone flying in control to it hitting the competitor.

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  54. For those saying that “Warren” is certified.. he isn’t listed on the CASA website as a certified operator in Geraldton. There is only 1 qualified and certified UAV operator in Geraldton, that is Peter Chaplyn of Quantum Surveys.

    You can look up the list right here: http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_100959

    Regardless of whether he is certified or not, he was not flying within regulations, what he was doing is illegal… for exactly this reason!

    Here is a very basic version of the regulations: http://www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/lib100071/flying_with_control_model.pdf

    I hope CASA crack down on him, it’s people like this that ruin it for the rest of the UAV community.

  55. Me and my girls were watching the “drone” flying over the car in the middle of the entertainment area. It was flying normally ,sounded all good, then you could hear something went wrong and it just went straight down to ground. It hit the athlete in the head, hard!!! When she looked around to see what had hit her there was blood already running down her forehead, She then went to sit down on the ground.
    I was watching from behind her about 7m away
    It hit her not the ground behind her
    it was definitely not being “flown” by someone, it went straight to ground, maybe mechanical?

  56. Raija Ogden on

    Riaan and Leighton,
    I would be extremely grateful if you would give your contact details to CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) who are investigating the incident.
    Warmest regards
    Raija Ogden

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  63. It’s amazing with some of these comments and when someone with actual experience of knowledge about UAV’s requirements and how they should be operated, they got shot down.
    I look forward to the investigation and outcome.
    What is clear is that the operator was either not certified and unaware of the operational requirements or was certified and ignoring them.
    The only signal that could be interupted with a half decent setup is the video feed. That is why operators are required to fly the UAV within visual range at all times so control can be maintanied. They are also only allowed to fly at defined distance depending on their certification and never over the top of anyone at any time.
    As an experienced RC heli pilot myself with what quite often happens is with current technology it is quite easy for someone with little ability to fly a quad/drone/UAV. Current electronics have GPS positioning, self levelling, position lock and lots of other nice features that remove alot of the skill needed ordinarily. When the electronics fail that is where alot of operators will be tested as they usually don’t have the skills required to manually fly these without assistance. Current quad’s/UAV’s even fly themselfs and land to a predefined location with loss of signal.
    With that being said, it’s very sad that this accident occured and luckily that it was not more serious. Large UAV’s can incur much more serious injury’s. than this.
    The important thing is we make sure something like this doe’s not happen again.

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