Quote: "Grabs the drone".
Riiiiight... So... grabbing a contraption with 4 sets of counterrorating blades each of which is capable of removing a finger...
Hmm... I will personally pass on this one...
Singer Enrique Iglesias came off worse from a scrap with a UAV during a concert in Tijuana, Mexico, over the weekend. According to a representative of the Spanish crooner, "a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a Point of View shot". "Something went wrong and he had an …
"....Nitwits." Indeed, downright moronic! No-one stopped to think "Hey, what happens if it all goes wrong and the drone ends up hitting the crowd with all those unshielded blades spinning away?" Surely it can't be too hard to put some form of ring or tube with a mesh covering around each rotor to make them less likely to cause injury (might even make the rotor more efficient).
The guy clearly stuck his own fingers up there while holding the quadcopter below it's CG. Gust of wind blows it out of balance, leveling system tries to intervene but ends up pulling it even futher out of balance because it's being held and it ends up rolling straight into his hand.
Remind me, why do I keep saying that flying ANY remotely piloted craft near a person or crowd of people is a bad idea?
So when he sticks his finger into the running belt of his car engine, you'll tell us that cars shouldn't be allowed near people either?
Perhaps he should have just been wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment to keep his fingers out of harm's way? A straight jacket?
The belt of a car engine is well protected. You have to make an effort to get your fingers in there. Multicopter rotors are out in the open, ready to cut anyone foolish or unfortunate enough to get too close. Car belts also don't have a tendency to come falling out of the sky if the battery unexpectedly dies or some electronics blow up or someone makes a pilot error, etc, etc.
It's fine racing around a racetrack, but that's with sturdy barriers and a good distance between the speeding cars and their timing belts. You don't go racing a car around with its front end bodywork removed through a shopping center. So why would you fly a (large) drone over a crowd?
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