DJI Matrice 210 – Incident – 2020-05-31

Drone Manufacturer: DJI
Drone Model: Matrice 210
Country: United States of America
Type: Incident
Date: 2020-05-31
Applies: Daytime
Pilot Qualifications: Licensed or Certificated by Aviation Authority Approved by Public Safety Agency or Company
Pilot Flight Experience: 300 Hours
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SAR Flight – While looking for subject, RTH initiated by drone without warning and without ability of pilot to take back control., even when drone was 500ft away and already landing.

Extremely challenging terrain with power transmission cables and towers all around. Chances of strike were very high. Batteries were at 45%.

Reported Cause

SW Issues related to battery management.