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Phantom 3 malfunction and crash (flight record video)

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Adam Kontras, May 23, 2015.

  1. Adam Kontras

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    I have 3 batteries on their way here.

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    And no, we're not in discount territory. If their hardware malfunctioned mid-flight and I have the records to prove it... they're lucky there isn't a lawsuit on their hands. There is no reason a motor just STOPS with no warning after a week of use.
     
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    Sorry that happened. Please keep us informed on DJI's response. I'm glad it didn't happen while you were flying over Vegas.
     
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    Dude, posting "no pics of the bird so it didn't happen" is not "poking for pics". :rolleyes:

    The people asking for pics - actually asked for them. LOL. And I posted a video for them. :)
     
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    Guess I'm out of touch. I say that to my friends all the time on Facebook. Pics or it didn't happen. Always thought it was a way to get someone to post pics. Guess I'm always just a decade or two behind but I try..
     
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    Crashing your bird is a pretty traumatic experience. Maybe it's not the best time to poke fun. Let's help Adam figure out what happened.
     
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    Cancer is a traumatic experience. Had a failure not of my fault with my bird, didn't do any good to cry about it. Get pissed? Sure but if you're around the hobby enough you'll learn quickly, crashing is part of it. Maybe I'm just an old fart and am able to laugh about things because crying makes it worse.

    Hope the op gets it sorted out soon!
     
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    I hear you on that.....discount?? If it trully was a malfunction I'd expect full replacement!!
     
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    Wow. Terrible. Nobody has opined on the bird going into Atti Mode. I wonder if that is related.
     
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    What scenario works best for "pics or it didn't happen"?

    A) When your buddies tell you they went out with 3 cheerleaders last night... :rolleyes:
    B) Someone's $1250 drone just went haywire and was destroyed by no fault of theirs... :eek:

    :)
     
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    If you watch the initial video it went into ATTI mode AFTER it started going haywire. Most likely because GPS couldn't track it since it was spinning so violently. If you look closely it jumps back and forth from GPS to ATTI mode as it's going down. I'm fairly certain that wasn't the issue. Something clearly malfunctioned in one of the motors. Either the the firmware went nuts or the motor itself sputtered or stopped.

    I also just noticed on the flight record you can bring up the stick movements over the animation. That's pretty cool, and in this case absolutely puts my mind at ease. If they don't replace this after that much proof, we're all gonna riot. :mad:
     
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    Final altitude of -56ft?
     
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    Good point. Noticed that the second time around.
     
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    Yeah I saw that, but it was accurate before the spin... I was around 200 feet when I descended to about 90 and was bringing it back... but the fact that it ended up at -56 could point to a firmware issue.
     
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    Mine went into p atti mode first thing this morning on 1.1.8, i had 16 satellites and then took off, got to exactly 10mtrs (just looked back in flight log) and it went into p atti mode, flew forward and back a few mtrs or so and it kept flicking from gps to atti, flew forward 5 mtrs and got full gps 16 satellites back. Its been on my mind all day.
     
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    Mine did that a few times after taking off from my driveway. I'm thinking the rebar might have done it. I'm going to launch from the lawn from now on and see if it happens again.
     
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    Sorry Adam... I would recommend upgrading to the newest firmware as soon as possible for people who haven't. The the only thing I can say DJI might have a problem with is your firmware not being on the newest version... Besides that's, it looks totally like your drone malfunctioned... Can you buy warranty from anyone on these machines?
     
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    Well the place i took of from was on the sea front on a new main stretch of sea wall and walk way on the flyde coast which will have defiantly had lots of the rebar you talk about. I didn't know if this would have played a part in loosing gps signall or not, It was fine when it was on the ground, it was just when it got 10mtrs in the air it lost gps.
     
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    Do you have video from the drone itself when this happened?
     
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    It came out Thursday night and this happened Saturday morning. They can't expect everyone to be able to upgrade their firmware THAT quickly. It had barely been 36 hours.
     
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    I don't. I had just shot some video (was trying to get rid of the "jello effect") and stopped recording to change some settings. However it was spinning so violently, I'm not sure that would've provided much more info. I want to get to the .txt files because I saw that site could recreate the animation in 3D. That would be pretty useful...just can't seem to get my computer to recognize my bird.
     
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