News from around the state of Texas

Texas EquuSearch Sues Over Drone Use

By Juan A. Lozano
|  Monday, Apr 21, 2014  |  Updated 4:49 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Texas EquuSearch Sues Over Drone Use

AP

Drones like this one can be outfitted with cameras and transmitters to send back live video.

A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to set aside an order prohibiting the nonprofit organization from employing drones in its work.

A fleet of four unmanned model aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch has been grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration until the agency develops rules that allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

The lawsuit filed on Monday in a Washington, D.C., appeals court says there is no basis in law to prohibit the operation of model aircraft for humanitarian search and rescue activities.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the agency did not have an immediate response to the lawsuit.

The FAA ordered Texas EquuSearch in February to stop using drones in its searches.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out