There's no VPS data so he may have had obstacle avoidance disabled too.The drone wasn't even facing forward, but facing home point. Lateral vision won't be working. Chances of hitting a tree seems quite high.
I was wondering why the OP wasn't looking at his mobile screen. He might have seen the elevation rising and increase altitude.
I guess one of the user error here is not taking into account his flight environment.
He's gone very quiet lately.
Perhaps he's out in the bush looking in tree tops?