15 Unlucky Drones That Crashed Into Buildings.Watch Videos

Drones are great fun to fly but when obstacles get in the way, your landing might not always be a pleasant one.

Skyscrapers and other buildings that jut up into a drone’s natural domain remain one of a quadcopters most dangerous enemies. Here are 15 examples.From PM.

Drone vs. Building

When the quadcopter flies up to high and loses signal, it typically enters “return to home” mode and autopilot takes over. This is far better than just falling out of the sky, but it can be a problem when there’s something like a building in the way. Observe!

Drone vs. Skyscraper (x2)

Sometimes, it will even hit a building in the way, twice.

Drone vs. Space Needle

This New Years Eve footage of a drone circling the Seattle Space Needle was great until the drone lost signal causing it to crash ...

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What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane

Drones strikes are not like bird strikes—they’re much, much worse.


The skies are getting crowded.

The FAA says that reports of near-misses between drones and planes have surged since 2014, with as many as 650 cases as of August 2016. Last month an airliner narrowly avoided hitting a drone near London’s tallest skyscraper. Dubai airport has been repeatedly shut down by drone activity, and low-flying drones are increasingly disrupting firefighting aircraft in the western U.S.

Sooner or later, those near-messes are going to become hits. So experts from the U.S. and U.K. are recreating these deadly scenarios before they wreck real-world consequences, hoping to nip this 21st century problem in the bud. New studies by the FAA and its Euro...

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12 drone mishaps showing why the FAA hates drones

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Whether good or bad, everyone seems to have an opinion on drones. Few technological advancements are as hotly debated as drones are right now.

The definition for what constitutes a drone varies, but most people agree that a drone is a remotely-piloted, unmanned aerial vehicle or aircraft. The distinction usually comes in its purpose — commercial or military.

With regard to military use, objections are fairly obvious — people have ethical concerns about “drone strikes,” or the idea that a remotely-piloted aircraft could swoop in on a target and destroy it, especially when that target is a person. On the commercial end, though, arguments are more complicated.

Consumer drone use brings with it privacy concerns (many models have attachable cameras), regulatory issues, and concerns about t...

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A Volkswagen plant in Dresden

An assembly robot has killed a man at a Volkswagen plant in Germany, the Associated Press reports.

The 22-year-old contractor died at a plant in Baunatal on Monday when the robot he was there to set up grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate, according to a statement on Wednesday by VW spokesman Heiko Hillwig.

Once installed, this kind of robot arm typically runs in isolation, performing a number of tasks that involve grabbing heavy auto parts and moving them around with great speed. Hillwig says that all initial signs point to error on the contractor’s part. An investigation is ongoing.


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Flying drones indoors can end up like this

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming.

Last month, the Texas-based restaurant chain announced a promotion whereby DJI Phantom drones armed with mistletoe would troll a UK location looking for “cozy couples” to ambush with, well, what we traditionally associate with the parasitic plant — an obligation to smooch.

The idea was cute, if entirely self-serving, not to mention potentially dangerous. Gizmodo dismissed it as a marketing stunt. Back in 2013, a couple of festive DIYers launched a quadcopter toting mistletoe in San Francisco’s Union Square, having some nic...

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Drone operators involved in athlete’s injury referred to Director of Public Prosecutions

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Raija Ogden is taken away on a stretcher.

The operators of a drone involved in injuring an athlete in a West Australian triathlon have been referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The referral means the operators could be prosecuted if the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions decides that there is reasonable evidence to make a case in court.

In early April, Raija Ogden was running in Geraldton’s Endure Batavia Triathlon, about 420 kilometres north of Perth, when she said she was hit on the head by a drone filming participants when it crashed. Paramedics were called and a witness said a “river of blood” ran down her face.

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Paramedics treat a woman after allegedly being hit by a drone.

“I have lacerations on my he...

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