Texas Search Group, FAA, At Odds Over Drone Use

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

SOUTH TEXAS (AP) – A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation has run afoul of federal aviation authorities who are prohibiting the non-profit organization from employing drones in its work.

A fleet of four unmanned aircraft used by Texas EquuSearch is grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration while the agency develops rules that would allow for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft.

But with that plan still more than a year away, the volunteer group that has participated in such high-profile cases as Natalee Holloway and Caylee Anthony is facing an extended wait before it can resume using an aerial tool credited with nearly a dozen successful finds.

“It’s a resource we’ve had success with and one we can’t use,” said Tim Miller, who founded Texas EquuSearch after his own daughter went missing in the 1980s. “We’re volunteers. And for being a volunteer organization, they’re…

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