Warning Issued to DJI Matrice 210 Operators


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The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has issued a warning to DJI Matrice 210 drone operators after receiving six Mandatory Occurrence Reports in the last three months affecting the DJI Matrice 210 series drone.

On each occasion, the DJI M210 malfunctioned resulting in rapid, uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground.

View the announcement: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/dji-matrice-210-series-drone/

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6 hours ago, Isabella | UAV Coach said:

On each occasion, the DJI M210 malfunctioned resulting in rapid, uncontrolled descent and consequent damage to the airframe upon impact with the ground.

That’s a rich way to describe a crash.  

This has been an issue for almost a year.  It’s almost futile reporting this, the people who fly and love DJI won't believe it until it happens to them personally.  This is way more likely to seriously injure someone than a drone having a midair with a manned acft.  

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@Av8Chuck

I was surprised that the announcement came from the U.K. CAA and not DJI themselves. DJI is usually good about letting customers know when something may go wrong with one of their products (like their warning about the TB55 battery end of last year). I haven't seen DJI publicly address this except stating they will "look into the reported issues." 

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I’m guessing it’s the same battery issue as last year.  There was a lot of debate regarding DJI’s handling of the information regarding the TB55 battery issue.  Not really any point in rehashing it here.  

As I understand it the CAA in Canada never lifted the ban after they grounded the M200 series drones.  

 

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Rapid uncontrolled descent is different from falling out of the sky. I believe it means that the M200 spiralled on three motors to the ground over 5-6 seconds. Might help if you're "landing" on a soft crop, but landing on the ground it still breaks apart and is no longer repairable. But to be fair, it seems it does try to "auto rotate" like a helicopter when one motor fails. Probably with a similar outcome.

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Your splitting hairs. No matter how you define it, it crashed. Also, multi rotors cannot autorotate.  If a motor on a quad fails it crashes and there’s nothing you can do about it.  

if you operate drones professionally do you want to risk your business on equipment that you can’t trust or spend the rest of your life making excuses for all the reasons, firmware upgrades, NFZ, toilet bowling, battery failures etc., you can’t perform your work professionally?  

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