FRESNO (CBS SF) — Pilots on board a medical emergency helicopter transporting a patient from the mountains to a hospital had to take evasive action when a drone flew right into their path near Fresno.

The startled pilot made a sharp turn just barely dodging the drone that was mere feet away.

“It could definitely take down the helicopter. Things as small as a bird have taken down helicopters in the past, so depending on where it strikes us it could have tragic consequences,” Skylife Nurse Vince Ellis said.

The rattled crew says this is the first time something like this has happened, but they are keeping an extra close eye out for drones from now on.


By Gregg Rosenblum – Follow him on Twitter