In what could have been an otherwise tragic occurrence, a Guyana Defence Force helicopter, GDF 1, landed safely without incident at Camp Ayanganna, after it was “buzzed” by what appeared to be a remote-controlled ‘Drone’ recently.
At the time of the incident, the helicopter was making its final approach to Camp Ayanganna, overhead Thomas Lands, in the vicinity of Queens College and the National Park. It was reported by the Pilot that the Drone flew dangerously close to helicopter and also attempted to follow the aircraft.
In a media release, the Guyana Defence Force said it has noted with concern the frequency of Drones being flown in Georgetown, as well as other parts of the country, and would like to reiterate that these devices can cause serious if not fatal accidents especially when they are being operated in the airspace allocated to low flying aircraft. Further, it is recommended that the public refrain from operating these devices in and around Base Camp Ayanganna and all other Military Bases.