DJI M300 RTK – Accident – 2021-09-16

Drone Manufacturer: DJI
Drone Model: M300 RTK
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Type: Accident
Date: 2021-09-16
Applies: Nighttime
Pilot Qualifications: Unknown Status
Pilot Flight Experience: Unknown Hours
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Whilst flying the UAS at night during a missing person search, the operator chose to descend to his selected landing site whilst simultaneously translating forwards, rather than flying a vertical descent. The UA struck a tree which the operator had not seen during the landing approach, resulting in extensive damage to the UA.

Reported Cause

Pilot error.