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DJI F550 Hexacopter crash after flight above the clouds

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--- PLEASE READ ALL INFO BELOW BEFORE POSTING! --- I planned to perform a short GPS controlled high altitude flight, going straight up, and then straight down again. When initating the descent, something did not work out as expected, and less than ten minutes later the hexacopter crashed because the failed descent attempts had drained the battery. Technical explanation to what actually happened: The GPS mode prioritized staying in place over descending. The winds were so strong that the engines had to work hard to keep the multirotor in place. When I told the multirotor to descend it basically said "I'm afraid I can't do that, because you told me to stay in this position, and if I slow down the motors to descend, I would also start moving sideways with the wind". The solution was to disengage the GPS mode. Important background information: This video depicts a very dangerous situation that could have ended up much worse than it actually did. I was very lucky not to cause any damage on the ground to either living beings or property. I am not proud of this particular flight, and my main reason for putting the video on YouTube is to inform others and hopefully help them avoid making the same mistake(s) I did. My arguments for performing a high altitude flight at all were as follows: - No airplanes in this area ever fly as low as I did in the video - There is generally not much air traffic in this area at all - I checked with before flying - Military, police, and emergency flights are virtually non-existant in this area - The multirotor was supposed to go straight up and straight down again Knowing all of this, I still realize it was a mistake flying that high, especially on this particular occasion. The wind on the ground was not very strong, but higher up, the wind was so strong that the hexacopter had to struggle to stay in position. When I started descending, the hexacopter did not seem to respond to my command, and the only way to make it respond was to disconnect the GPS mode. It then started descending, but it also started moving away with the wind. Facts to be noted before commenting on the video: I DO NOT PERFORM HIGH ALTITUDE FLIGHTS ANYMORE, NOR DO I FLY OVER POPULATED AREAS. Hence, it is unnecessary to ask me to stop flying like I did in the video, since it definitely won't happen again anyway. The crash was a harsh wakeup call that totally made me rethink my attitude towards multirotor flying, and I realize now that high altitude flights and flights over populated areas are way too risky and dangerous. THE MULTIROTOR DID NOT CAUSE ANY DAMAGE ON THE GROUND, TO EITHER PEOPLE, ANIMALS, OR PROPERTY. Having said this, I am fully aware that something disastrous could have happened, and there is no need to keep reminding me about that fact. I WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE MULTIROTOR WOULD AUTOMATICALLY PERFORM A CONTROLLED LANDING IF THE BATTERY LEVEL REACHED ITS SPECIFIED MINIMUM. After reading the documentation, I felt reassured knowing that I had specified two battery level limits, where the second (lowest) limit, if reached, would initiate a forced automatic landing. Apparently this never happened, so this was either a misunderstanding on my behalf, or unclear documentation, or a combination of both. Also, I do not live in the US, so the FAA will probably not be too interested in this flight. My advice to any and all multirotor flyers out there: Never ever take any unnecessary risks. It is never worth it. I got away with it this time, but I could as well have ended up hurting or even killing someone on the ground. Equipment: - Frame: DJI F550 - Gyro: DJI Naza v2 with GPS - Gimbal: DJI Zenmuse H3-2D - Camera: GoPro Hero3, Black Edition - Radio: Futaba T14SG with receiver R7008SB - Battery: Li-Po 4S (14.8V), 6200 mAh - Motors: Stock F550 (DJI 2212/920) - Esc: Stock F550 (DJI ESC 30 amps OPTO) - Propellers: Stock DJI 10"
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xDGamer (1 hour ago)
That was an expensive crash
Aka Legended (4 hours ago)
Ondro videos (7 hours ago)
That' s crazy!!!!!!
Koeneman Luchtfoto's en -films (9 hours ago)
just another c u n t you are
Australia the GOAT Best Cunttree in the world (14 hours ago)
See all a flat earther needs is a good drone and a clear day?
MD Hafeez (15 hours ago)
Soo cool
KillerHeroYT FGD (20 hours ago)
You can just turn off the engine so the the drone falls and then full burst
Ricardo Dominguez (1 day ago)
yo  entiedo  que  el  FBI   te meta preso carbon puedes  tubar un  avion commercial  que voten la llaveel   (  F B I }
Steven Kelly (1 day ago)
Hope this guy has a pilots license lol or he’s not regulated, the FAA stipulates you can only fly 400ft
Itchie Dimacali (1 day ago)
Your copter don't have "Return to Home" function?
?Alpha Centaurí? (1 day ago)
This was a dumb idea
Jeff Keil (1 day ago)
What are you going to do while sitting in prison when you cause a midair collision between an aircraft and your drone? Is the potential for lives lost worth this? Grow up!
coheher (1 day ago)
More than nine million views - the adsense income from this video should be enough to buy TEN new drones.
Allan Copland (1 day ago)
. Important background information: >This video depicts a very dangerous situation that could have ended up much worse than it actually did Dead right! Yet another numpty, screwing the hobby up for the law-abiding people.
Jeremy Jeremy (1 day ago)
If this fall on top of someone it wold kill him immediately. You got lucky!
Costas Lambropoulos (1 day ago)
Well done for admitting to it and publishing for saving others from the same the Aviation world we have a 'Safety matters' publication from the CAA doing similar reporting from accidents and incidents , so the rest of us we can take notice.
PseudoSarcasm (1 day ago)
Could be a silly question, since I don't fly drones, but are you able to flip the drone upside down and accelerate towards ground?
Brock Klipsch (2 days ago)
Debi Bradley (2 days ago)
AJ Edgar (2 days ago)
What happens when a drone hits a small aircraft wing? Take a look.
Gabe P (2 days ago)
with all the stabilization technology these things have and people are still afraid to let the copter freefall for a little while while the batteries are still alive. then power through when you get closer to the ground. could have avoided this incident altogether.
DrDisintegrator (2 days ago)
"Senators allow me to show you exhibit A on why we have to disallow drones above 400' altitude..." Also exhibit A for commercial drone operators interested in outlawing those reckless recreational fliers...
Marius Anjos (2 days ago)
you do know flightradar24 doesn't show everything right?
David (2 days ago)
Andrew MTB (2 days ago)
If you click this button it will turn blue.
Andrew MTB (2 days ago)
tidgeywoo (2 days ago)
What an absolute fucktard, no respect for anyone else and what if this hit a small child on the head or even an adult. This guy should be locked up.
Andre Rivers (2 days ago)
Very nice video. It was very intriguing
Scooby Skullx (3 days ago)
Bill for one downed Boeing , $230m thank you (3 days ago)
The sound changes because there is water on the microphone diaphragm.
Dj Annunaki (3 days ago)
Should had hit the come home.....another sad story.
Dj Annunaki (3 days ago)
The planet is flat! well done.
Tomaž Železnik (3 days ago)
i did not read the descriptions delete my coments if u dare
Tom Irwin (3 days ago)
Stefan, I'm sorry but to me you are both a menace to society and an idiot. I hope you've learned your lesson.
Björn Stier (3 days ago)
thats only stupid, but jou got jour follower, they are stupid to.....
Mery Nicolas (3 days ago)
Look at the damage a drone can make to an aircraft and you might stop flying that high :
Uncle Krabz (3 days ago)
Lucky someone called. Many people would have kept it
Drone No Limit (3 days ago)
I m juste going a same bro!not crash :)
gautam srivastava (3 days ago)
Are you allowed to fly to that height ? That too above clouds? Did u seek permission... Luckily only the Drone went down and not some plane !!! Lol
D. Gunshine Aguilar (3 days ago)
Not gonna lie this helped with my anxiety
William James (4 days ago)
I know it’s fun but you could have killed someone. Ever hear of irplane or automobile windscreens?
FACÇÃO JOVEM (4 days ago)
So tem eu de brasileiro?
Buffer Buffer (4 days ago)
That's why it is forbidden to fly over urban areas, at least in some countries. You got lucky nobody was injured/ nothing was damaged (Drone hits Porsche, I don't think insurance will cover that 🤕)
Helderhugo (4 days ago)
This is a classic Drone Video.
Rafael Machado (4 days ago)
Guess the wind speed demanded too much for the controls, while you were trying to down the DJI was just trying to keep the position. May it have a mode were descent is more important than the position.
Robin J (4 days ago)
500ft up and in line of sight is fairly universal and there for a good reason as demonstrated by this video.
Pat The Bat (4 days ago)
This is why dones are been banned all around the world because people don't fly within a respected height. you are only allowed to fly no higher the 100ft on special events and 50ft in parks in residential areas only 15 to 25ft depending on how built up the area is
Yash Kummar (4 days ago)
You lost signal coz its too high...common sense.
Yash Kummar (4 days ago) could cause a major accident or collide with aircraft.
Hamomamo Playz (4 days ago)
I subbed
Hamomamo Playz (4 days ago)
this is probably the riskiest things you ever done in your life I bet
Hamomamo Playz (5 days ago)
you're amazing buddy
Hamomamo Playz (5 days ago)
you're amazing buddy
Hamomamo Playz (5 days ago)
I heard that a DJI Drone can go very very high but they can't altitude over 100m because it gets super dangers because helicopters and planes fly that high will probably catch the drone and that aircraft will probably fail too!
Magnum (5 days ago)
You should be ashamed of yourself for violating some very important regulations and endangering others. In the future, please don't fly above 400 feet and keep the required distance from clouds. Even a hobbyist pilot with no FAA Part 107 knows more about drone safety and rules than you do.
SKY BOTS (5 days ago)
Thats nuts, how did you get it past 500mtrs AGL ?
Ron Wyatt (5 days ago)
Rocket hitting the flat earth dome
David Barbee (5 days ago)
A little education can be dangerous in the hands of some. More education is needed. Some folks just don't know what they don't know. As a professional pilot for 25 years, this video makes me shake my head.
Cezar's Droning Time (5 days ago)
Because of this kind of videos, FAA will come up with new laws and regulations that eventually will crush our beloved,, drone community``.
james w Davis (3 days ago)
Thats y I don't fly Now . people were always giving me a hard time .. Thinking all drone pilots are like you. No regard for the rules....
Daniel Price (5 days ago)
Isn’t this illegal
darkelf1000 (5 days ago)
that was it again!!!!
Katelyn Lewis (5 days ago)
Aaaaand that's why in Australia we have drone laws to try and prevent this crap from happening. Your drone must not fly out of your direct line of sight and You cannot fly more than 120m high.
Mike Thomas (5 days ago)
Great video. I saw you on Canadian drone hub live stream I got you supported please feel free to support back.
xX-FLuKE-Xx (6 days ago)
I know this is 4 years old but come on, anyone with a few firing brain cells can realise there are aircraft with human lives in them that fly around that height at times. Sorry, but you are a muppet for doing this regardless of how nice the view is. Flying like this is what is creating new restricting laws on sensible drone enthusiasts.
Brian Courtney (6 days ago)
It looked more like 2500-3000 meters up to me, if so that's one reason you lost contact also going through the clouds probably didn't help your signal.
rajesh nayak (6 days ago)
alan m (6 days ago)
you should had a tracker on it to find it quick
Grim Reaper syp (7 days ago)
Maybe a homing device on it connected to your cell phone? :) Nice Flight!!!
Moon Man (7 days ago)
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Gerald Schreckengost (7 days ago)
If I hit your drone with my plane and it makes me crash, I pray that I dive through your roof and into your bedroom or wherever you are at the moment so that you are convinced that there is a problem with this kind of behavior.. Nothing else to say except for... I don't have any hate towards you at all, I just think your opinion would change if you were in an aircraft that struck a similar device that made you crash, survive and say be paralyzed for the remainder of your life...Don't be afraid, post this comment please...
JM L (7 days ago)
Droning on with all comments. Just dont fly that thing pver populated areas and all is good.
Peter Rospond (7 days ago)
Oct 5th 2018 - Pres. Trump signs in new FAA law into effect - Good bye hobby flying - it is all regulated now going forward. I wonder why... ;)
JeromeHattKronen1664 (7 days ago)
Stephan Ekstam "And the camera just kept on spinning, though it had already hit the ground." 10:30 - It was rolling on ground. [not weird]
nutnsp3cial (7 days ago)
I enjoyed the video. I don’t care how irresponsible it was.
SceneAmatiX (8 days ago)
Great flying! FTP
Anthony Bourque (8 days ago)
Oh Shit 💩
GURCAN BOSS (8 days ago)
Michael Hunt (8 days ago)
And Amazon want to use these things to deliver shit.
Joe Carnes (8 days ago)
I think i would just turn comments off on this one lol.
Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks (8 days ago)
Interesting thanks but I'm dizzy now
KDKTEC ICT Professionals In Sri Lanka (8 days ago)
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BlueMacGyver (8 days ago)
Dramatic and a good video. A bit of chaos.
Neil Brown (8 days ago)
There's nothing clever or good about this, it's extremely lucky you didn't hurt someone.
Steve Bano (8 days ago)
*....When I took my pilots Lisence test I had to stall the plane & turn the engine back on while gliding (falling). Can you shut off a Drones motor & Turn it back on as it's falling...?*
MyDogAteMyHomework (8 days ago)
This Is a stupid idea
wethepeople1776 (9 days ago)
The real reason these drones have connection problems when they are too high up is because satellites don’t exist everything is working off of 4G towers that triangulate an their range is not too high. Earth is flat and this video actually proves that.
themighty alfredo (9 days ago)
Where do you get something like this drone? Please tell me I’m not joking.
Richard Plaisance (9 days ago)
Tres instructif votre vidéo et gros merci de nous partager votre expérience, croyez-vous que ce problème pourrait aussi arriver avec un drone DJI du genre phantom en admettant que je puisse enlever la limitation d'altitude?
苏孟官 (9 days ago)
Can drone make some move as heli in movies, power off and let it fall for awhile, bring it back online later and stable it
Desi (9 days ago)
Stefan, thank you for keeping this post up. (I'm sure you have had quite a bashing). We have all learned through the years and kudos to you for using this mistake to educate others.
Flying Dog (10 days ago)
This is why these things need to be regulated. Idiots like you endangering other people a nd property doing stupid shit like this. You are a God Damn fool and a menace.
Don Chelladurai (10 days ago)
I can't say whats more stupid about you. Putting lives at risk or posting this on youtube for all to see. I hope you're never able to afford to mend it. F.U.
vivekb28 (10 days ago)
How you made it fly so high? My Mavic Air is restricted to 400ft - Any tweaks?
CuriosityFilms (10 days ago)
No rage comment, just a disappointed one. Why push a battery so hard you risk not returning the craft to its start point?
Yin Tang (10 days ago)
What an idiot move. Thanks for giving us all a bad name
Mitu das (10 days ago)
its very expensive. so there must be a parachute for emergency situation. or some kind of solar panels in the drone so that if battery goes critical levels then solar can operate the task...
edward htprotech (10 days ago)
who gives a fuck
debian lasmana (10 days ago)
I love when the thumbnail isn't bullshit
ניסן לב-רן (10 days ago)
Thank you for sharing the experience with the explanations, you sound an expert who knows the technicalities. Best regards.
Ethan Shen (10 days ago)
Seriously, fuck you for this idiotic stunt.
Gordon Jones (11 days ago)
This is why they have part 107 and registration. Simple aeronautics here, and middle school science. Travel the path of least resistance. Determine which direction your drone traveled slowest, then send it in any direction other than that, preferably the oposite and fastest. Decent as fast as possible but move in the direction of the wind. This would prevent the craft from fighting the wind, saving battery. Your craft would be further away yes, but below the clouds and as close to the ground as possible. When at manageable levels, direct it home.