PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — NewsChopper 2 had a close encounter with a drone while flying over a massive fire in Squirrel Hill.
Our chopper pilot says the drone came very close to his helicopter. He also captured some footage of the device flying low and away from him.
There two other news helicopters there as well, so the drone could have posed a safety hazard.
The Federal Aviation Administration says they are now investigating the close call.
The chopper was covering a four-alarm fire that consumed a vacant commercial building.
Deputy Pittsburgh Fire Chief Thomas Cook said about 60 firefighters were on scene battling the flames.
No injuries were reported but, at least one firefighter had to scramble out of the way as a portion of the brick façade of the building facing Forward Avenue came crashing down.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti Reports: