DJI drones are falling from the sky
Some of DJI's Spark drones are reportedly shutting down mid-flight.
Sky falling DJI's smallest drone, Spark, is having a bit of trouble lately, in some cases reportedly stopping in the middle of its flight and falling to the ground. Quartz reported they counted 14 separate users posting on chat sites, complaining about the crashes. In some cases, users couldn't get their $499 drones back, as they fell into water or wooded areas.
Although small, drones are not something people want falling on their heads. The Federal Aviation Administration has even released a study on drone and human collisions, looking at the kind of injuries people can receive from falling drones from blunt force trauma to major cuts and lacerations.
DJI has acknowledged that there are aware of some Spark drone crashes, telling Fortune that the company has its engineering team investigating and hope to have a update to its software with additional safety measures soon. In the meantime, Spark owners might want to avoid flying their drones anywhere dense — where retrieving a fallen drone may be difficult. And they might consider investing in a hardhat as well.
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