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Phantom just dropped outta sky.

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by Phantom3Chris, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Phantom3Chris

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    Flew my first night flight went good until last minutes. Was testing DBS mod in a high interference area (I'm guessing).. When returning home I took control near home point. Took it back up for last photo when I I touched land now by accident. Canceled that hit rth button. Then she Spiraled straight down into the Hudson River SMH!!!!!! So my ???? Is gps/compass on phantom messed up? Prior to flight compass was abnormal/ R/C channel was poor/good never GOOD... Was it my mistake to fly in that area / did I mess up by hitting two different land commands after each other? DBS mod mess with r/c reception??? I flew past my stock record btw prior. In nyc it's just bad interference even by the river!!!! Any info would be great as I plan on getting another phantom thanks in advance.!.!
     
  2. Mark The Droner

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    I don't know. Is it possible somebody took a shot at it with a pellet gun? Flying at night, that would be an inviting target.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
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    Well Chris,
    Taking off with a abnormal compass message is a no-no.
    Couple that with poor RC channel and IMO you are inviting disaster.
     
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    Spiraling straight down, sounds like a Electronic Speed Controller failure, but could also be a cracked propeller, bird strike, or someone shooting at it...
     
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    I re calibrated everything only thing looking bad was r/c channel but my screen said safe to fly. (But I did have weak signal a lot). I flew her fine half way to NJ she came back fine. I was hovering great. It just spiraled..
     
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    I never thought of it being shot... It was dark and 60m up. Was trying to see if prop was off b4 splash down but I had cf props so they just vanish in the nite. I'm hoping it was a prop and not internal as I'm loving phantoms... Thanks
     
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    Hearing that somebody might of shot it makes it worse smh. It was so sad to see it drop like that. It dropped slowly also. So maybe one engine or prop fell. I was reading a lot of threads and seems like props or engine is more common than electric failure. NEVER OPEN WATER again. Lol maybe.
     
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    Also do you think DBS mod maybe plays a part in this? I re opened r/c and seems to be fine visually. And I did fly ok for ten min. ?
     
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    Yes. I should have read the OP more carefully. Forget the pellet gun thing. This is 100% pilot error even if somebody did shoot it, which is unlikely.
     
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    No
     
  11. Phantom3Chris

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    So it is likely by me flying with the channels jumping poor/good confused bird?? Thanks guess I learned the hard way.
     
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    Neither one of those would make it drop as described.


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  13. Phantom fool

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    Is it possible the home point got reset when you cancelled RTH?

    It's a pirates life for me
     
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    How far away were you standing from where it dropped into the Hudson?
    20 ft, 200 ft?

    Or better, were you within 65 ft of where it started into the water?
     
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    What's your theory on all factors I described.? Prop? One engine? Any thing will help. Just need the info nice to know all kind of theories. ..thanks
     
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    Any chance you held both sticks down and to the inside at same time causing the motors to stop


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  17. Air Ontario

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    Actually, how far from the home point was it when it started falling into river? Was it with 65 ft?
     
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    Am just curios but you were not close to a NFZ were ya .
     
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    I had the bird 10 ft then took it back up max 393 ft ,(from home 85ft max) hit two landing functions (just nervous) then it was just sad!!!!