The friend acknowledged that the man should not have been flying the drone out the window; it is illegal to fly a drone outside in the District of Columbia. But he said that much of the blame belonged to the drone itself, a DJI Phantom, which he said has a history of losing contact with its operator.

An Internet search returns many examples of customers’ complaining of a similar problem. There are YouTube videos showing the drones suddenly flying away from their operators. A Facebook page titled “DJI Flyaway & Crash Psychological Support Page” has more than 2,400 “likes” on the main page.

This seems to have the potential to turn into a PR nightmare for DJI


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