Published: 19/08/2017 11:00 - Updated: 18/08/2017 13:19

Police investigate Cromarty Firth drone landing

Written byVal Sweeney


The drone captured this image after landing on the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

POLICE are carrying out inquiries after an amateur photographer landed his £300 drone on the Royal Navy’s £3 billion flagship aircraft carrier.

The Inverness Courier exclusively revealed how the local drone flier landed his Parrot Bebop drone on the recently launched HMS Queen Elizabeth while it was docked at Invergordon

He posted photographs online but later reported himself to security personnel at Invergordon.

A Police Scotland spokesman said this week  a report had been received from the Ministry of Defence and inquiries were ongoing.

The incident sparked a lively debate, with some saying the photographer had exposed a hole in the vessel’s security while others called for him to be prosecuted.   

"He wasn’t military personnel and permission wasn’t sought beforehand," said one poster on the Courier’s website.

"Technically, a drone is an aircraft and he landed one on the deck of a warship. It’s quite interesting I suppose, in that being an aircraft carrier still on trials, the first aircraft to land on deck and take off again was a prop driven man-toy by a bloke that should have known better."

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which regulates safe use of drones, has successfully prosecuted two people for breaching the regulations set out by the Air Navigation Order.

Two years ago, a Nottinghamshire man was also fined £1800 after he illegally flew drones over football matches and London landmarks.

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