Legal responsibilities in an emergency?

Hi there,

With regards to the rules surrounding not flying closer than 50m to any uninvolved persons (obviously for drones heavier than 250g) what happens if you’re say flying at 60m above them and away from them too so perfectly legal but then you have an emergency and your drone ends up falling to the ground or whatever or you have to move the drone out of the way for some reason?

You’re obviously now in contravention of the rules but do they apply as strongly if it was an emergency situation which forced you to go somewhere you wouldn’t normally have gone?

Can’t really find anything online about that.
Obviously hoping nothing like that will ever happen but just like thinking ahead!



I’m sure this was a question when I done my A2cofc have a read of this,


Thank you. I’ll take a look at that now. I did perform a site search before but maybe my query was not quite right to find that information.
I promise I did take an extensive look at the search results first though.

Thank you,


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Actually I’ve just read that page now and was aware of the reporting procedure but just wondering what the legal stance is should something like that happen.
With something like a helicopter should the engine fail it can autorotate and probably (hopefully) find a safe enough place to land but with a drone if it has a problem it’s probably just going to fall out of the sky so you’re not going to have any control over where it goes?

So just wondering if you’re flying perfectly legally but say a bird attacks and damages the drone causing it to fall to the ground what legally is the position then?



P.S. Thanks for moving the post to this section. I hadn’t seen that one, apologies.

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No you will have no control as you say,
Is more of a reason to have PLI so you covered for damages or accident to persons property etc,

It’s an accident or misfortune that could not be helped is the best way I can explain & as long as your following the drone code then all is good, accident occurs sadly they do, again you as the pilot in control of your drone regardless as to it not being your fault or you can prove that your not at fault then I refer to the link above better to be safe than sorry & have insurance so at least your covered should anything go wrong, because if there’s damage or injury someone is going to want paying & I can imagine would come at a possible heavy price if you had to pay out of your own pocket,
So for the price in the link above for becoming an insured member with 5 million PLI is a no brainer in my opinion, hope this helps,

Is no problem & no need for apologies am happy to help :+1:

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Thanks for that, much appreciated.

I do already have PLI from somewhere else before I came across this site but will probably look at moving across to this site when it runs out.

Thanks again,


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Check with GADC as some occasions they will consider the running out time. Ask the committee about the insurance, tell them who you are with and how long is left


@markbowendesign you don’t have to wait if you don’t want to :smiley:

Have a read of this announcement:

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That one above. I think we were all typing the same time lol

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Thanks everyone. I literally only signed up for a years insurance about 2 weeks ago so can’t get out of the insurance now but at the end of the year will look at using this sites insurance instead.


This applies to general aviation but I would think applies to drones too:

The primary purpose of air accident investigations conducted by organisations like the CAA is not to assign blame or liability but to determine the causes of the accident to improve aviation safety. By understanding what went wrong, investigators can make recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future. This approach focuses on enhancing safety protocols, improving training, and making necessary changes to regulations and equipment, thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of future accidents.

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I had a link saved somewhere ( or thought I did ) which explained it better but I can’t seem to locate it on my phone or on the web.

Some companies give you a 14 day cool off. Lol

I think it’s been longer than that but it’s not a major worry at the moment thanks.

Yes, the right to a cooling-off period is provided under the Financial Services (Distance Marketing) Regulations 2004 and the Insurance Conduct of Business Sourcebook (ICOBS) rules set out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Consumers have 14 days to cancel most general insurance contracts without penalty. (For life insurance and some other long-term insurance products, the cooling-off period is 30 days.)

Typically 14 days from the date you receive the policy documents or the date the policy starts, whichever is later. During this time, you can cancel the insurance policy without incurring any penalties or charges, although you may need to pay for the cover you have received up to the point of cancellation.

Worth looking into then

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