SenseFLY drone used in Turnpike bridge inspection crashes into river

Posted at 10:53 PM, Sep 19, 2016

A SenseFLY drone crashed into the water following an inspection of the Sandusky River Bridge earlier this week.

The drone had nine successful take-offs previously in the morning but crashed into the water. 

SenseFly said it is investigating the incident to determine a cause. The company said no one was hurt and no other property than the drone was damaged.

All drones are tested for quality during production stages, SenseFLY said, and are then checked for flight before being available for purchase.

They released this statement earlier about working with drones: 

The Ohio Turnpike remains open to partnering with other agencies and companies that use drones. In fact, we encourage contractors who perform bridge inspections to incorporate them in their future bids for future turnpike bridge inspections. We also look forward to partnering with emergency management, law enforcement and other agencies to realize the full potential that drones have to offer.

The starting price for that model drone is around $35,000. 

Editor's Note: This story previously reported the drone was owned by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and that the Ohio State Highway Patrol recently began using drones to inspect bridges. This information has been corrected.