Search group to resume drone use

Associated Press Published:

HOUSTON -- A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation says it will resume using drones in its work after an appeals court ruled a warning the group received to stop using them didn't have any legal consequences.

Texas EquuSearch had sued the Federal Aviation Administration, seeking to overturn what the group described as an order prohibiting the group from using drones.

A three-judge panel for a federal appeals court Washington, D.C., on Friday dismissed the lawsuit, ruling it can't review the case because the email didn't represent the FAA's final conclusion on the use of drones. Final rules on drone use are expected next year.

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