So it happened again, and it will continue to happen until people realize this technology is far from mature enough to be used for such tasks.

Aside from endangering peoples lives, the public opinion created from such incidents will be very damaging and contribute to overly restrictive UAV laws in the future.

Do not fly over people, especially crowds!

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 17, 2013 at 4:38pm

Not AGAIN? The path to hell is lined with good intentions!!!


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Comment by Gary McCray on September 17, 2013 at 5:16pm

One of the main rules of the AMA don't fly over anybody's head, ever.

Unfortunately once you put cameras on multicopters, many new and even not so new users seem to forget or ignore this really important rule.

I think they have just decided this is a safe tool and it is important for my work, so those "rules" don't apply to me.

Of course, everything about these is experimental, they are very temperamental and about as safe as if you started your lawnmower, revved it up to full speed and launched it with a catapult into a crowd.

Used properly means used safely and used safely means never using in a situation where there is any possibility that you can't prevent it from hitting anybody.

And if the battery fails or any part breaks it is probably going to immediately fall out of the sky at high speed and maybe even not straight down.

And they break frequently because they are not fully developed tools yet.

Bottom line is, we in this hobby know that this is a gross abuse by the people who caused and allowed this to happen.

How do we let them know that?

Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on September 17, 2013 at 7:25pm

This one's behavior is interesting. Many of these crashes involve some sort of tipping over and/or darting in some direction. This descended with a rather stable attitude. 

I don't understand how people can get to the point of these situations. My heart pounds just from flying around my friends and family. This would give me a heart attack. 

Comment by ChiggenWingz on September 17, 2013 at 8:37pm

Wonder if it was low battery, as in he had it at full throttle just to keep it up, and the rapid fall was due to the drop off of voltage because the battery was low of juice AND/OR ESCs shut down. Every time I see these videos I'm more interested as to what went wrong, there's a lot of be learned.

Comment by Jason Short on September 17, 2013 at 8:48pm

I still don't know why no one has figured out how to have a reserve battery switchover.

Comment by Oliver on September 17, 2013 at 9:15pm

It doesn't matter why it happened, flying over people is unsafe, period. Those who engage in it are actively hurting the rest of us, and for that selfish reason alone should be loudly and thoroughly denounced at every opportunity by each and every one of us, in the field or on line.

Comment by Toby Mills on September 17, 2013 at 9:17pm

not defending the person who did this, but....

for every video of a drone crashing into a person, i'll show you 50 of a real aircraft crashing into people.

Comment by Crashpilot1000 on September 17, 2013 at 10:05pm

Rc model aircrafts belong to the model aircraft flying field and no where else. Nobody will fly his 700 Align fuel heli over a crowd. I wonder what comes next? Throwing >5Kg stones on people from >50m hight? Is this the beginning of some perverted splattersport?

Comment by Jesse on September 17, 2013 at 10:12pm

@Toby, For now this might be true, but give it another couple of years and it won't be... which in itself is a very scary thought given that planes have been flying for decades, and multicopters only for a few years...

it's far too easy to be complacent when you're not in the vehicle yourself...

@jason - I don't want to be the pessimist here, but I don't think having a reserve is the answer, the person that is too dense to return to base on a low battery, is likely just as complacent and stands there going "it's ok, I've got a few more minutes on reserve"

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on September 18, 2013 at 12:40am


The point is that many drone users, especially multicopter users, are no RC pilots. They see the drone as a flexible camera platform and nothing else. You can basically divide the drone users in 2 major groups: RC pilots which see the autopilot as an enhancement for their flying - so to speak, an extended OSD - and the users which are focused on the autonomous and/or application side. The latter group usually doesn't have the experience and indoctrination from the RC hobby and is usually simply not aware of the risks because they haven't heard stories of, seen or experienced crashes.

Speaking of myself, I also don't consider myself an RC pilot. I'm in no RC club and I'm not interested in flying up and down an RC field. Actually, I'm not interested in the flying part at all. My focus is on the autonomous technology and the applications in Search and Rescue. But I am aware of the risks and thus keep away from crowds.

I don't know if a new APM nowadays comes with a "safety sheet" - if not, it might be a good idea. It probably won't do much as people tend to ignore those, but if even one person reads it and obeys it, it's a progress.


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