I purchased a Mavic air on Sept 19 (so about 2 months ago). I have absolutely loved this thing and have flown it nearly every weekend that weather has permitted.
I totaled the drone today (I haven’t felt my heart drop like that in a long time…). I had flown it for a fairly successful and routine 6min flight nearby just a few minutes before this problematic flight. During the problem flight, I went straight up - nothing fancy. I noticed the drone starting to drift, so I tried to counter. That’s around when the drone starts blasting forward. I’m correcting hard, but with no success, still blasting forward. I panic and hit the return to home button, but the drone keeps going (hitting a building). I luckily recovered the drone - it had landed in an alley.
I know I should have waited until I had 11 satellites, but I had around 8 (climbing to 11 during the flight) and wasn’t receiving any kind of warnings on takeoff. Again, I don’t recall getting any warnings and saw that the drone was in GPS mode the whole time.
See the log and a video of crash below. 8.3s in the log roughly matches up with the start of the video. One thing I’m noticing is that the log shows the opposite craft orientation than reality. It shows it flying off backwards away from me - though you can clearly see from the video that was not the case. I feel like the controls just inverted at some point.
I can’t tell if hitting RTH actually did anything or if I had lost connection at that point. If it did trigger RTH, it definitely didn’t stop it from blasting into that alley.
I feel pretty horrible 1) because I loved this thing and 2) it could have hurt someone flying out of control like that. This could be my error, but I’ve flown this plenty at this point and it was a straight forward-and-up flight. Any ideas what went wrong? Any chance this could make a case for warranty coverage from DJI (I didn’t opt for DJI’s extra insurance)?