The International Ski Federation (FIS) will prohibit the use of drones at events after Marcel Hirscher was almost struck by one during a run at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup.

The defending overall world champion appeared not to notice as a drone carrying a television camera plummeted and crashed into the course just behind him.

Following the incident, the FIS has moved to ban such objects until adequate safety measures can be implemented to avoid a repeat event.

"The drone will not be used until further notice and until a thorough investigation is concluded and fully approved and compliant procedures are in place that guarantee the safety of the athletes and spectators," a spokesperson confirmed to Omnisport.

Hirscher had to settle for second place in Madonna di Campiglio on Tuesday, with Henrik Kristoffersen winning by 1.25 seconds.

The company responsible for the drone, sports media organisation Infront, said in a statement: "This incident is being taken‎ very seriously and the circumstances leading to it are currently being examined."