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P3P fell from 70+ feet, but saved it!!!!

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by bebeloneovvl, May 27, 2016.

  1. bebeloneovvl

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    I was flying on a confined space, doing some boilers inspection. The space is 250 feet tall and 12 feet diameter. Everything was going good great, when about 70 feet, there was a sensor sticking out, even with the prop guards it touched the propellers. My heart stopped, and in half a second, decided to try and catch it, I was lucky to save the machine even I got some scratches, but the prop guards took most of the impact on the hands. Broke 3 of the 4. Luckily, is OK. But I don't think Im getting my bird back on that situation. I'm getting new props, and calibrate all sensors, just to be safe. DSC06067-01.jpeg
     
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  2. Wibble

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    You were very lucky was there any blood?
     
  3. bebeloneovvl

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    Not really, just surface scratches.
     
  4. Reed L

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    Nice catch :) Could you see it falling or did you have to listen to it hitting the wall on the way down and catch by feel? I'm a retired Boiler Engineer myself and have been in the tubes enough to call them home :)
     
  5. bebeloneovvl

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    I was looking at it at all times sir. We had some illumination, and saw everything, except for that sensor sticking out. Here's a link of a video I recorded, not from the job itself, but from outside of the plant.
     
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  6. Phantomix

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    i was flying in semi-high winds with prop guards a bit back with my p1 last year, and was near my mother
    i was on my dock and was trying to land it for whatever reason because i was panicked and couldnt think straight so i didnt think to raise it up and land it on the grass
    i asked her to grab it, and instead of grabbing the landing gear, she grabbed prop guards
    she was fine, but she couldnt move a few of her fingers for a few weeks and she has fully recovered now
     
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  7. bebeloneovvl

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