Angry gull brought down drone over school

A black-headed gull brought down a drone over a Stranraer school during the summer.

The incident took place at Stranraer Academy
The incident took place at Stranraer Academy

A roof survey was being carried out at Stranraer Academy on July 8 when the attack occurred.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said the pilot had never experienced the “level of aggression” shown by the bird.

It attacked the 6kg (13lb) drone, causing it to crash on the school roof and suffer substantial damage.

The AAIB report said all “normal pre-flight checks” had been carried out, including an assessment of potential bird interference.

The pilot then launched the drone and flew it manually before engaging its autonomous flight mode.

However, the gull then flew over and attacked it.

The pilot tried to engage manual control but a propeller had been damaged and the drone fell onto the school roof.

The report said the pilot had previously used the drone in locations where gulls were present and had been “cautious” while operating, especially during nesting season.

“He had not experienced this level of aggression before and noted that it was one of the black-headed gulls in the area which had attacked,” it concluded.