Draganflyer X4-ES – Accident – 2018-10-08

Drone Manufacturer: Draganflyer
Drone Model: X4-ES
Country: Canada
Type: Accident
Date: 2018-10-08
Applies: Daytime
Pilot Qualifications: Unknown Status
Pilot Flight Experience: Unknown Hours
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The unmanned air vehicle (UAV) was a Draganflyer X4-ES conducting aerial mapping at the St. John’s, NL waste management facility and was operated by Cloudbreaker under a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

Having completed a planned mapping mission, the UAV was being flown manually for the landing.

While descending from about 80 meters to 60 meters, one of the motors quit turning and the UAV inverted before impacting terrain.

There were no injuries and no damage to property. A post-crash fire initiated at the lithium polymer battery and destroyed the UAV.

Reported Cause

Motor failure.