January 6, 2017 – DJI, the world's leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, for your information is forwarding this statement issued earlier Friday by the Drone Manufacturers Alliance:
The following statement may be attributed to Kara Calvert, Executive Director of the Drone Manufacturers Alliance.
"The Drone Manufacturers Alliance, the organization representing manufacturers of the majority of civilian drones, takes very seriously the report that a drone may have collided with a passenger airliner in Mozambique, Africa. In past incidents, early reports of drone involvement turned out to be false. Nevertheless, we take these reports seriously, and our member companies stand ready to offer assistance to Mozambique's aviation authorities as they investigate this incident. Our members are investing heavily in technology and features that enhance safety and help avoid collisions, and we work hard to educate users about safe operations. As the industry evolves, we believe it is important for authorities and policy makers to proceed thoughtfully and in a way that continues to recognize the immense benefits of drone technology."
About Drone Manufacturers Alliance
The Drone Manufacturers Alliance is a coalition of industry leaders, including 3DR, DJI, GoPro and Parrot, that serves as the voice for drone manufacturers and customers across civilian, governmental, recreational, commercial, nonprofit and public safety applications. The coalition advocates for policies that promote innovation and safety for all users of small drones, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework. To learn more, visit: http://dronemanufacturersalliance.org.