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Small Crash

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Pilot_Andy, May 15, 2016.

  1. Pilot_Andy

    May 15, 2016
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    Hi all,

    DJI Phantom 3 Standard owner here. Crashed my drone into a wall whilst flying at the beach today. Very small crash - it was flying extremely slowly and only about two feet off the ground when it brushed a wall, flipped over and landed propellers into the sand. I reset and lifted off again and it seemed to fly relatively fine after this.

    When I took it home and gave it a clean up from the sand, I noticed cracks on two of the arms. See photos attached.

    I've seen a few threads on here about cracks on arms, and am still slightly unsure if this will affect anything. Should I glue this up or is it not a concern? What risks are there for flying with these cracks?

    Back at my apartment, I also started the motors without the propellers on just to make sure everything was working correctly. Motors started up and spun for a few seconds, and then they stopped and saw an "command timeout" next to lift off button. Then I couldn't start the motors again until I turned everything off and on again. Same thing happened.

    Does the DJI phantom 3 Standard know that the propellers aren't screwed on? Is that why it stopped the motors? Or is it something else?

    Of course, you're probably all wondering why I don't just screw the propellers back on and see if it lifts off fine and stays flying - however I live right in downtown Hong Kong with a load of tall buildings and not much GPS signal. So the only time I can really fly my drone is when I head out of the urban areas on the weekends!

    Thanks everyone.

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  2. Reed L

    Sep 13, 2015
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    Alta, Ca.
    get a set of strong arm supports and then you should be fine. Those cracks are minimal and you should repair them but the supports will work as well. There is a thread on using plasti-aid poured into the botttom of the shell to add strength on here from last week.
  3. MasterBlaster

    Feb 29, 2016
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    Yep. What he said :). All you need to do is look under the Phantom adv/Pro Disc to see an Op that had his motor separate from the body today at the beach. No cracks prior to flight :-o.
    I would do something...

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