Mark April 2014 in your drone industry calendar! This was the month when video footage captured by a drone was a check box item for news reporting. This month, we saw footage from the results of flooding, mudslides, tornadoes, and now a train derailment. The availability of drones has pretty much guaranteed that newsworthy events will now be accompanied by footage from an eye in the sky.
The devastating result of this week’s derailment of fourteen Oil Rail Cars in downtown Lynchburg, VA. was captured on film by EastCoastDrone. It was reported that 50,000 Gallons of crude oil was spilled into the James River along with three tank cars. You can watch the footage below.