A camera drone/quadcopter is the most interesting gadget in the last year when we get drowned in smartphones and wearables. That explains why it is almost the hottest gift at the moment and most people get excited flying the drone.
I am not an exception and I got myself a DJI Phantom drone. The drone is not cheap at all, you will have to spend at least $1,000 for a good one. Therefore, you make sure to read the safety guide when flying your drone for the first time. Nobody wants their drone to fly away or crash into trees or buildings. Unfortunately, it happened to me when I tested the autopilot feature on the DJI quadcopter.
The drone started falling when it crashed into a tree. I guess I didn’t set the height high enough to cross the tree line. Fortunately, it fell to a lawn, so the soft soil and grasses absorbed impact energy significantly. The images below show condition of my drone after the 100-foot fall. It is actually not bad at all. The camera and body are kept intact and I just had to replace the four propellers as some of them were broken. Everything still works perfectly.
Lessons learned: I will never try the autopilot feature again, especially when there are obstacles around, and always try to land the drone on soft grounds.
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