World Championship skier almost hit by crashing drone

Super scary. Those big drones should not be operated around people, even in a professional sports context.

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Comment by benbojangles on December 22, 2015 at 4:06pm

Didn't even get it's retracts down..

Comment by earthpatrol on December 22, 2015 at 4:06pm

I'm sure this is only the beginning of these types of videos. Glad no one was hurt. Interested to hear the backstory/details about what happened from the UAV system point of view.

Comment by Quadrocopter on December 22, 2015 at 5:00pm

My bet is he's flying DJI and the IMU failed....

I would put money on it :-)


Comment by Darius Jack on December 22, 2015 at 5:46pm

I have contacted FIS Switzerland to get technical information on the drone flown.

You are welcome to join Peer To Drone Accident Investigation Project (limited to small drones) to ivestigate that drone accident on-line and in public.

Comment by benbojangles on December 22, 2015 at 10:18pm

Automatic Parachute System - opens when -neg vertical velocity is greater than X m/s?

Comment by Darrell Burkey on December 22, 2015 at 10:24pm

A copter that's filming isn't going to be high enough for a parachute to make any difference at all. A cable cam might be a better way to get such footage. 

Comment by Felix Meissner on December 23, 2015 at 12:11am

He wasn't even supposed to fly there - he had a dedicated (safe) corridor which he ignored after a few runs

Comment by Tobias Witting on December 23, 2015 at 2:39am

Lucky escape. I guess he was skying just fats enough ;-)

Good argument to push development of high video quality delivered by small and light copters but also a reminder to be sensible and not to fly over people!

Comment by Vladislav on December 23, 2015 at 3:09am

that's why you need a helmet

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 23, 2015 at 7:44am

I'd like to know what system that was.  Airframe and Flight Control.  Anybody know?

@Ben: I don't think retracts would have helped. ;)

That was obviously a critical system failure of some sort, or he hit an overhead wire.  Or put it in Rate Mode by accident...


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