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US drone use highlights questions for journalists
As US develops rules for aerial drones, state investigation highlights issues for journalism
By MICHAEL MELIA
Associated Press
2014-02-11 10:42 PM

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of an aerial drone that was used this month at the scene of a deadly car accident in Connecticut.

The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.

The case of the Hartford crash, in which the victim's body was left hanging out of a mangled car, highlights some of the issues that journalists will wrestle with as the industry awaits guidance on using drones for newsgathering.

Lt. Brian Foley, a Hartford police spokesman, said there were concerns about the officers' safety and the victim's privacy.

The drone operator was an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station.

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