High Winds Send Facebook Drone Crashing

The age of internet drones still has a long way to go. Last summer’s crash which Facebook’s Aquila drone suffered was caused by the high winds, investigation showed.


The drone, unmanned and operated by autopilot technology, crashed June 28 as it was coming in to land at the very end of its first test flight in Yuma, Arizona. Nobody was injured, but the aircraft was “substantially damaged,” according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Friday. – Read more at:

Unexpected high wind speed caused the autopilot to respond by dipping the drone’s nose airspeed above the normal 25 miles per hour and twisting the right wing. – Read more at:

Despite this, Facebook is not giving up on its avowed mission to provide internet services to all parts of the world.

As a result of the accident, Facebook said Friday that future Aquila drones—the company is already working on an updated version—will use devices called spoilers or air brakes that will help its autopilot system handle landings better. The company will also make changes so that autopilot doesn’t let the drone fly too fast while descending. – Read more at:

Facebook was quoted as saying on its blog, “We are already designing and building second-generation aircraft with new features added as a result of our learnings, and are eager to fly again.”

That’s the spirit! Even Thomas Alva Edison never gave up discovering, inventing and innovating despite failures. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work,” is among his best-loved quotes that inspire.

Meanwhile, here’s a different drone crash no one would naturally tolerate because it showed operator neglect and led to two injuries. TWO women are suing a groom after they allege a photo drone hit them in the head as they danced in a tent. – Read more at:

Social events like weddings and concerts are among the common reason for the rising popularity in uav aerial photography services. But it behooves each and every avid drone operator, whether a private individual, group, or a business entity, to be mindful at all times of how to responsibly and legally fly their drones. “There are no erring drones, only erring drone pilots,” as James Davis of The Droneologist stresses.



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