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Death of my Spark

DarkJedi66

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The GPS return kicked in on my Spark yesterday when the battery hit 15% and tried to return home automatically. It automatically ascended and tried to go. Unfortunately, it rammed itself into a tree!! I panicked and tried to over-ride the auto-return but, by the time I shut it off, she had already crashed landed! When I recovered her, I found her completely busted! The gimbal/camera broken from its frame and hanging by a wire; and a gaping rip on the side of one of the motor fixtures. I bought my Spark used so it has no warranty or repair service for it. I'm heartbroken and S.O.L. too!!! 😭🤬
 

mattitech07

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I'm sorry, but the obstacle avoidance was setted and the light was good? But I'm very sorry for you I hope you can fix this trouble
 

nilanjan118

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I'm sorry, but the obstacle avoidance was setted and the light was good?
Obstacle avoidance is turned off during RTH if the distance from home point is greater than 100m.
 

sv1000spilot

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I did similar. Luckily it was insured and easily repaired. Drone Doctor (UK Company) did a good job and quickly
 

Gemster18

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The GPS return kicked in on my Spark yesterday when the battery hit 15% and tried to return home automatically. It automatically ascended and tried to go. Unfortunately, it rammed itself into a tree!! I panicked and tried to over-ride the auto-return but, by the time I shut it off, she had already crashed landed! When I recovered her, I found her completely busted! The gimbal/camera broken from its frame and hanging by a wire; and a gaping rip on the side of one of the motor fixtures. I bought my Spark used so it has no warranty or repair service for it. I'm heartbroken and S.O.L. too!!! 😭🤬
You could still have it repaired, I recently also had to have my spark repaired, ***call 1(212) 333-3150 *** It's the DJI store in Manhattan in NYC. They are fabulous! You called them up, you can ship the spark to them, they will give you a free estimate, if you decide that you want to have the work performed you just authorize it in an email, then you will get another email telling you when the repairs are completed, usually within 7 to 10 days, and then you pay the amount, and then they will ship it back to your house for free! It's definitely worth looking into. Good luck to you my friend
 

tfrank48

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The GPS return kicked in on my Spark yesterday when the battery hit 15% and tried to return home automatically. It automatically ascended and tried to go. Unfortunately, it rammed itself into a tree!! I panicked and tried to over-ride the auto-return but, by the time I shut it off, she had already crashed landed! When I recovered her, I found her completely busted! The gimbal/camera broken from its frame and hanging by a wire; and a gaping rip on the side of one of the motor fixtures. I bought my Spark used so it has no warranty or repair service for it. I'm heartbroken and S.O.L. too!!! 😭🤬
Sorry for your Sparky’s demise :(
 

Wayne Kelly

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The GPS return kicked in on my Spark yesterday when the battery hit 15% and tried to return home automatically. It automatically ascended and tried to go. Unfortunately, it rammed itself into a tree!! I panicked and tried to over-ride the auto-return but, by the time I shut it off, she had already crashed landed! When I recovered her, I found her completely busted! The gimbal/camera broken from its frame and hanging by a wire; and a gaping rip on the side of one of the motor fixtures. I bought my Spark used so it has no warranty or repair service for it. I'm heartbroken and S.O.L. too!!! 😭🤬
Why did you let it get to 15% battery?
 

Gavieboydgi

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I did similar. Luckily it was insured and easily repaired. Drone Doctor (UK Company) did a good job and quickly
I had my Mavic pro 1 done by drone doctors uk.
My battery swelled up on rth and when it was 150 feet above me the battery disconnected and the Mavic dropped like a stone straight on to a carpark I was stood on.
The slow Mo effect was painful
300 quid had to have new body,shell motor's arms, and new camera wiring. Luckily the whole camera survived was just dangling by the wire's.
 

xtro83

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That doesn't help if you're under something, like in this sad incident.
Since I am poor in English and I use a translator, I thought I understood that he had not climbed high enough and that during the rth he was in a tree, I did not understand that he was flying under the trees in which case actually he should have settled his rth at a lower height than the trees
 

John MacAulay

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Since I am poor in English and I use a translator, I thought I understood that he had not climbed high enough and that during the rth he was in a tree, I did not understand that he was flying under the trees in which case actually he should have settled his rth at a lower height than the trees
If you are flying low battery and under a tree canopy or similar, you really should set your RTH to hover. At 15% battery it must have been in line of sight or it wasn't getting home anyway.
 

nilanjan118

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If you are flying low battery and under a tree canopy or similar, you really should set your RTH to hover. At 15% battery it must have been in line of sight or it wasn't getting home anyway.
The Spark doesn't let the user choose between RTH, Hover or Land.
 

DarkJedi66

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The Spark doesn't let the user choose between RTH, Hover or Land.
You are correct. The drone was down the street. I turned it around to bring her home when the rth kicked in and made it start climbing. At the height she was currently at, it would have be just a straight shot back home but, instead, it started climbing higher and higher and would not respond manually. That's why she got caught up in the trees.
 

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