Photo Reuters, which shows the work of the staff of the Chinese Corporation, Hainan Power Grid with the help of a quadcopter with a flamethrower burning debris stuck to the high-voltage wires, got the viral distribution in social networks.
The images were published on 20 November. Although they show the actions of the operators of the drone on 16 November in the city district of Haikou of Hainan province.
It should be noted that Chinese energy companies for quite some time use this technology to clean lines of debris (primarily plastic bags). In February of this year, the Xinhua news Agency and the website of the state «people’s daily» newspaper (Renmin Ribao, people.cn) published the video, which was shown this kind of action in the district Xiangyang, Hubei province.
In other countries this way the UAV is not yet used.
Note that the range of civil application serial multicopters and other unmanned aerial vehicles is constantly expanding.