Pilots worry about safety with more drones

Posted at 6:53 PM, Jun 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-12 18:57:36-04

(WTVR) – Congress is asking for more drones in U.S. skies but yesterday’s crash on Maryland’s eastern shore has raised concerns in the aviation industry.

A  one hundred million dollar military drone went down yesterday.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working on rules to allow more to fly over the U.S., but pilots are worried it could cause mid-air crashes.

The people operating the drones can be hundreds, or thousands of miles away and may not have the experience to make a decision if they were placed in a tough situation.

Another fear is that the unmanned aircraft could be high jacked by computer hackers.

Last year a drone crashed into an aircraft in Afghanistan.

The congressional research service says unmanned aircraft have a far high rates of crashes than manned aircraft.