3DR Solo – Accident – 2016-09-28

Drone Manufacturer: 3DR
Drone Model: Solo
Country: United States of America
Type: Accident
Date: 2016-09-28
Applies: Daytime
Pilot Qualifications: Unknown Status
Pilot Flight Experience: Unknown Hours
Link to External Information About This submission: https://www.safecom.gov/safecom/16-1073
File Uploaded: None


Original Text:Solo lost stability and crashed because of aggressive control input, turbulence off stand of trees, 8,500 feet MSL, and low AGL while carrying the EscaDrone gimbal + Sony QX-1 payload which is maximum payload weight for the Solo. Solo did not have sufficient AGL to regain stability before contacting ground. Solo + EscaDrone had just successfully completed autonomous transect flights with Mission Planner. Was performing manual landing to avoid vertical decent through rotor wash during automated RLT. Two propellers and EscaDrone gimbal broken. Sony QX-1 camera not damaged.

Reported Cause

Loss of stability.