Drone causes blackout in Kingsley after bringing down powerlines

A drone has been blamed for wiping out power to around 3000 Western Power customers on Tuesday night after it crashed into powerlines in Kingsley. The incident occurred just after 7pm with customers reporting a power line had fallen across the road near the corner of Kingsley Avenue and Whitfords Drive.
Andy Shaw, Western Power Head of Safety, said an emergency response crew attended to make the area safe. A network operations team restored power about 8pm, redirecting electricity through unaffected parts of the grid. The cause of the outage is believed to be from a drone flying in to the network after reports from customers of a drone flying in the area moments before the outage, Mr Shaw said. The drone was then reported to have been picked up by a member of the public after the line had been brought down.

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