Pennsylvania Station Uses Drone for Traffic Shot During Newscast

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By Kevin Eck Comment

After an off-duty photographer for Hartford’s WFSB ran into trouble with local police and sparked an FAA investigation for using a drone to shoot a police investigation, you’d think stations would reconsider using the unmanned vehicles for newsgathering.

Wednesday, Altoona, PA, CBS affiliate WTAJ aired footage from its “WTAJ Drone” to show the aftermath of a traffic accident on a local interstate during its 5:00 p.m. news and posted the footage on its facebook page.

WTAJ’s viewers seemed unimpressed regardless of the FAA’s position against using drones for commercial purposes, “Why even post this video?” one viewer commented on the station’s facebook page. “This sucked. I wish I had those 35 seconds of my life back.”

TVSpy asked WTAJ for comment. We have not heard back.