SCOTTSDALE, AZ (WVUE) - Isaac Newton established the idea that what goes up must come down. Since then, man has tried to defy the universal law of gravity, usually with mixed results when it comes to new technology.
Enter Mark Taylor, an Arizona man who was just trying to get some aerial shots of a house with his DJI Inspire 1 drone. The $2,900 piece of equipment is designed to be easy to fly and take stunning 4K video.
After a few not-so-stable flights in the desert, Taylor decided it was safe enough to take it for a spin in a Scottsdale neighborhood, according to his YouTube page. The result was a six second flight that ended with a badly banged up drone and a dented garage door.
Taylor said he has plenty of experience flying drones and blames the auto takeoff feature on the unit for the crash. After posting this video to YouTube, Taylor faced some snippy criticism of his flying skills.
"Maybe if you know anyone at DJI, they could email me or call me to offer advice or have me send it in for a test," Taylor wrote. "This was not operator error - if it was I would just go buy another one! And avoid the humiliation."
Taylor said the woman in the video was his wife. It's unclear if her shriek of horror was because she feared for her life or her husband lost nearly $3,000.
As one commenter put it, maybe the return home feature was on.
Mobile users can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TQQcBWV6Vs