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Safety warning after drones FALL out of the sky due to power failure

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A safety warning has been issued after a number of drones fell out of the sky due to a power failure.

The problem “resulted in the aircraft falling directly to the ground”, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Some of the DJI Matrice 200 drones were damaged but there are no reports of injuries or damage to property.

The CAA said the incidents involve the drones suffering a “complete loss of power during flight” despite indications there is sufficient battery power remaining.

According to manufacturer DJI, the Matrice 200 drones are used for search and rescue missions, large infrastructure projects and inspecting structures such as wind turbines and bridges.

Owners of affected devices have been ordered to make sure their software is up to date.

Flights within 50 metres of people, or vessels, vehicles or structures which the pilot is not in control of, have been suspended until further notice.

DJI said in a statement: “DJI is aware of a small number of reports involving drones in the Matrice 200 series that have lost power mid-flight.

“Flight safety and product reliability are top priorities. Our engineers are thoroughly reviewing each customer case and working to address this matter urgently.”


Source : Chroniclelive

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