Flying my 3DR Solo one evening when it flew off and crashed across the street after my son took a picture of it while it was hovering in front of him. No warning – just went. Solo was completely unresponsive to control attempts. See the event here:

Really lucky no one was hurt as kids had just been watching. Second flight – battery was around 20% – getting a picture just before going to land it.

Broke 3 blades but no damage to Solo or GoPro.

Doesn’t build confidence when it just decides to do its own thing…

Here is the security cam view of the fly away. Note I don’t try to control Solo until it starts to fly away. I tried to bring it down so it wouldn’t fly into neighbor’s house. It crashed on their lawn. Video is here:

Of course a better pilot probably would have waited a bit to see what it was doing rather than trying an immediate correction like I did. What was odd though was that it just decided to leave while being photographed. You can easily see on video it starts to fly away without me touching controls.
Solo Crash

Red arrows show Solo flying away and controller – in video you can see joysticks aren’t touched – Solo is hovering and then flies away on its own.

Here is another view from the other side: again note I am not touching sticks.
Solo Crash

It seems very common,Mark Parker told me,”I had a similar incident on my second day.  3DR Customer Support analyzed the logs – loss of GPS signal.  I ate 3 blades PLUS burned out a motor – with no replacement parts in stock.  :-(The motor didn’t shut off when the Solo got lodged in a tree.)”

I am guessing that is probably what happened here as well although it was a clear shot to the sky.If that is the case it is too bad Solo has to fly away as soon as no GPS signal. Little unnerving to say the least.They need to hurry and combine it with a sensor module that kicks in as soon as a GPS fix is lost.

John Oberholtzer said,”I’ve had that happen twice now.  In the last incident, I started Solo motors and then hit ‘fly’ to to auto take off. Once Solo was in a hover, I think I hit the ‘fly’ button and Solo took off and ran into side of house

Solo does not go into crash mode, such as my Y6 does, so it ate 3 of the 4 props and ruined the battery holder.

I filed a help desk ticket with 3DR and gave them the logs and the video.

With no replacement parts in stock, I guess I am grounded.”

Video is below:

Now the 3DR are no longer making Solo drone,how to deal with it if things happen again?