I have never had a major crash (except some stupid nosedives) until today.
After the first waypoint ArduPilot suddenly decided my EasyStar was to high, and before I could recover control it disappeared behind some tress.
It was quit a loud bang when it hit, whatever it hit.
Lucky it wasn't dead, so I could track the plane from the sound of the engine.
So after walking about half a mile I found it neatly placed about 50 feet into the air, utmost on a branch:
First I climbed a ladder halfway up into the tree, and tried to free climb, but I just could not reach it.
I work as a linesman (I believe Americans call it that? Climbing in poles and maintaining the electric grid and so on.). So I drove all the way to work and back (1 hour drive) to get my climbing gear, some rope and a chainsaw.
Then I had to climb the neighbouring tree, and from there I tried to throw a rope around the branch the plane was wedged in. Finally, after almost an hour high above the ground I got it down.
Luckily I didn't need to use the chainsaw, which I would. Leaving the plane was not an option, even if the falling tree would have crushed it.
Amazingly, there are some minor dents here and there, but that's the only damage. The tail section has come a bit loose, but some glue and she is up flying again.
So, it turns out my major crash wasn't so major after all, only a lot of work and sweat.