- Mar 13, 2023
- Bend, Oregon
Hi MP friends, apologies if this has been asked, but I searched and didn't see anything stand out that was a good summary help. Also, I humbly come to you after crashing my DJI Mavic 2 Pro after almost 4 years of flying (and having my Part 107 for around 3 years) in the US. What I'm curious to know, is what steps should one take when they crash? Is there a simple: "10 Steps to Know/Do/Take After Crashing Your Drone" or something similar? My drone is unfortunately no longer under warranty and since I was doing a neighbor a favor, I didn't have insurance on it...lesson learned?!? More Background (in case this helps beyond the usual steps one should take): I was flying in a farm/ranch area and brought my collapsable landing pad because I knew the area, and wasn't going to be doing a "Return to Home" since we were walking along a canal trail, and also due to some tree hazards and occasional telephone/power lines at the spread out homes we'd come across. That being said, I changed my RTH to not turn on until it had 10% left a while back (since I'm rarely further than required to safely land in time), and unlike the usual cancel of RTH so I can safely land where I know we'd be good to go, it didn't cancel!?! The other issue is that I was close to some trees...like they were only 10-20' away at most (this is part of what we were trying to get footage of that are supposed to get cut down), so it left little margin of error once the RTH automatically turned on, but I knew this and you cancel and land like usual...right? (I'm sure there are some potential "rookie" moves and settings here, but I'd like to think my flight intentions were planned and safe...assuming the RTH canceled like it normally does.) After trying to cancel RTH, I noticed it kept going toward the trees, so I frantically (I only had 1-2 seconds until the trees at this point) tried canceling again to no avail...it just kept going, crashing into branches on it's flight up until it finally fell from about 30' up. There's significant damage to my drone, so I'm hoping I can have DJI repair it (and I'll just have to use it as a back up drone and get a new one), but what didn't make sense is why the RTH didn't seem to work like it always has when I canceled??? Any input on this, and steps I should take? There is a chance in heat of the moment, that I may have pushed the wrong buttons or something, but it all happened in a matter of 2-4 seconds total it seemed like because of the proximity to the trees, and I'm pretty sure I canceled correctly the first time. I can't confirm after that because it was crazy time hearing my drone hit branches and slowly come to it's own potential death. Any suggestions? I noticed there are ways to get flight records, etc. that may help? Thanks again for any help and insight...