A free-falling drone nearly crashed into one of the world's best skiers in the middle of a race
Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher narrowly avoided what would have been a scary and somewhat surreal accident during the World Cup slalom in Italy when a drone came tumbling out of the sky and crashed into the mountain right as Hirscher flew past.
Here's video (via Nick Zaccardi):
That's a drone crashing just behind Marcel Hirscher just now in a World Cup night slalom in Italy. pic.twitter.com/b4oUxPLfff
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) December 22, 2015
Hirscher still managed to take second in the event, which is pretty good when you also have to stave off stray, out-of-control drones mid-race.
Hirscher seemed to take the near-decapitation lightly, posting an Instagram afterward with the caption, "Heavy air traffic in Italy":
Heavy air traffic in Italy 😳 #crazy #drone #crash #luckyme
A post shared by Marcel Hirscher (@marcel__hirscher) on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:42pm PST
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See the full video on YouTube:
Photos of the event and the drone crash aftermath: