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  • Could it be that the "safety corridor" wasn'yt actually safe enough? I mean, if the drone was in hover it stands to reason that it would fall within a certain radius. But if it was in forward flight maybe there wasn'yt enough account taken of any undesired deviation from its expected path.

    I don't believe we know (yet) that the pilot deviated from the corridor, do we?

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    In the end, it pretty much always boils down to the human factor.

    Sure, there are literally thousand of things that can (and will) go wrong and drones will continue to drop from the sky many, many years to come.

    But all this is almost pointless. If the pilot had kept to the assigned safety flight corridor and not deviated to get a better shot, this would have been a non issue. The drone would have dropped somewhere relatively safe and the world would never even have know about it.

  • @Gary_McCray +1  Hopefully there will be some review of the log files as well as the process and procedures leading up to this event.

  • Another 'ruined it for everyone' situation.

    Doesn't matter if he is the best drone pilot in the world he should not of left the corridor (or allowed the system to) and flown directly over people.

  • John Moore, agreed.  This was a significant crash.  Maybe hit an overhead wire.  System blackout.  If it was simply that the battery drained, the failsafes must have been misconfigured and/or the flight code must not have done the sensible thing we do where stabilization is prioritized over thrust.

    It's been a long time since I've seen a crash like that.  So, for it to happen to a very professional operator, is significant.

    It is too bad to see this knee-jerk reaction from the FIS, however.  Let's figure out what happened, learn from it, and put rules in place to prevent it happening again.  Perhaps it's simply the case that a critical eye should be turned to operators who claim to be professionals merely because of how much they spent on the equipment, instead of having a full understanding of these systems.

    These guys already violated one of their safety rules, apparently they had corridors to use that were not directly over the run, but just ignored them.

  • They way it came down; hard and on its side, makes me think it was a power failure of some kind.

  • @Bojan Verce 

    So much speculation..We know nothing. Even commercial jets crash..all the time..It doesnt mean we blame the pilot right away. You are probably correct but we cant say any of that with so little info. 

  • 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...

  • that's why you need a helmet

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