Parrot bebop drone flyaway



Parrot Bebop drone flight with catastrophic ending. Flown with HTC One M8.

My first Bebop was changed under warranty because it’s camera was out of focus. This is the 4th flight with new Bebop. Drone was on the latest 1.98.10 firmware.

Lost control of drone on 2:00 mark in the video. Drone was circling and flying away very quickly, I couldn’t input any control, I was connected to drone all the way until “landing” and when drone was like 100 meters away, I pressed landing button. Otherwise drone would have flown kilometers away.

Bebop drones frame was badly damaged on impact with the ground at speed of 20,5 m/s. Everything else seems ok, it turns on and does motor test, showing green lights to take off.

So this video should be a warning for every Bebop owner. Let’s see what Parrot says about it when i send it to warranty.

Pics from freeflight app after I retrived my drone:

Edit:

So, after one week of waiting for the answer from retailer who sold me the drone, it seems i’m out of luck, because they accused me of wrong use of the drone.

Main problem for them was that i flew “too high” for a flight controlled by phone!!! They said, that maybe i lost a connection and that was the root of a problem. Well thats a shame, because i had limited Bebop to go 50m max into the air. Never had any problem with connection with first drone or this one even at 80m height. Also, this is absurd, because in this case bebop should have came home instead of rotating whilst flying away. They said that it is acceptable to fly only maybe 20 meters in distance when not using skycontroller, but if you look at Parrots own testing Android phones tend to have over 300 meters of range in Europe settings.

Also, they said that it can’t be told from watching the video, if i pressed landind button on the phone or just cut the power by emergency. I pressed landing, but my voice against them as it is :S Maybe it would have been even better if i had pressed the emergency button instead.

The problem was not the landing but why the hell did it try to run away in the first place.

So I’m left with the opportunity to buy myself a new frame and fix it myself. But i’m still left with utter disbelief toward using it again. For the first thing i think, it is absolute must to have a mini GPS/GPRS tracker on the damn thing, because i was a lucky fool this time and was able to retrive my 500 euro “investment”, but next time it could fly away, and as it seems Parrot does not care!

I’m really dissapointed in this product and warranty service as whole.

27 Replies to “Parrot bebop drone flyaway”

  1. larry3138

    My Bebop-2 had a hard time making contact with my Galaxy Tab-2. It finally had wifi connection. I took off, and climbed to about 25 feet. It just shut off, and fell to gravel. Broke an arm, scratched camera lens, and knocked camera out of adjustment. Parrot did replace it.
    I still don't trust it when I fly. If I ever have it crash again, or loose it. I'll buy a dji Mavic, or go without a drone. No Parrot's for me anymore.

  2. David Chang

    Same thing happened to me today. I've flown mine many times and have had it for 4 years. I never had a problem with it with the original software. But today it decided to spin and flyaway into the center of my downtown. Now I have zero idea where it went. I've bad my bebop at 90m in the past and today it was at like 40m which was well within my own observed range. Same thing no GPS return no nothing. It is just gone 🙁 in the past the GPS return worked perfectly. I have No idea what they did with the updates and I feel cheated.

  3. Chloe Mcholoe

    Mine flew away 3 factories away. While I still had a signal holing the direction joysticks didn't do anything. I had live video feed but I was scared of how far it has gone and pressed the emergency button. It dropped and lost connection, it only broke one arm a bit but I assume epoxy can help but it's so stupid…… The GPS showed the location as literally the opposite direction of where it flew away. When I got it back luckily (thanks to an awesome guy who actually searched for me since I was starting to feel sick on the heat) the gps just kept jumping around……. Its so stupid it's the worst 500$ (release price at Dubai) I've ever spent and I'm so mad at myself for not spendo the extra for a phantom (2-3 at that time?!) But oh well….

  4. Ash Mp

    The same thing happened to me yesterday and interesting thing is i had use my iPhone 10 or x with it skycontroller it comes with, after all the gps use to show me the drone is in top of someones roof but when i got there that person knew nothing about it and I could see the roof either, it wasnt there,
    The FreeFlight app use to stuck on showing low battery on bebob at 8% and i had no video after i lost control on it, i gave my number to the guy and i was hoping he can call me and tell he found it ,
    BUT AFTER I LEFT HE JUST RANG ME AND SAID HE JUST WANTED TO TELL ME HE IS LOOKING AT ROOF AND BACKYARD AND EVERY WHERE BUT FINDING NOTHING, he told me that when exactly was dark and am not sure how did he was searching in that darkness.
    Thats cost me a fortune sadness because this was one of the other several drone which i lost ,im so sick of it.

  5. Gio Solis

    oh wow, the same thing happen to me today. I was using the flypad and an iPhone 5s and it flew away from me with no control. I was lucky enough to fined it but I am too scared to take it out again.

  6. Ulises Mora

    Hey there! Look, i detected that this is a general defect of these drones, im making an international group case, please give me your e-mail if you are interested in a refund or a change of your bebop. I will response right away with the information you need. If they only give us fake solutions by ourselves, we’ll get the real one together! (I’ve changed once my drone and I just lost the one they sent, by something very similar to your accident) write! moramoraulises@gmail.com

  7. Fritz Turner

    I just got the red bebop 2 with black skycontroller brand new off Amazon and was at only 1 hour 36 minutes flight time. All sensors and motors showed they were functional. Battery at 89%. I launched the bebop using the skycontroller and a galaxy S4. After going about 80 meters up, it took off on its own! I never saw it again although I chased after the direction it went and searched for 3 days. Will Parrot replace?

  8. Eugene Tsarkov

    The same happened to me. But my drone stuck in the tree. I spent 3 days trying to shake it off. The tree was really high. Approximately 15 meters. But finally I got it back. What I advise for everyone is to calibrate your drone each time you turn it on.

  9. Jacob Dossett

    i just had my bebop fly away yesterday. it kind of circled around as if the GPS has messed up and i couldn't fight it. it disconnected after about 100m and flew of. can't find it. it has doe this to me before but i couldn't recover it this time

  10. Jason Sitz

    Jason new to the bebop drone, I've went through 2 bebop in 2 months. the 3rd from the company is on its way. I started making waypoint videos because parrot has been so helpful when you have problems that I wanted to show the public how well they do. After my 8th flight plan it never returned back from a 7 min flight walked theparrot flight path over and over. dropped down to 10 meters over water for one area then 31 meters over a 52 foot stucture
    then raise back up to 42 meters for the flight home. all trees and stickers do not added 25 meters. one part of the flight it came within 20 feet of a antenna tower with dome pointy shape receivers why in color, so there sending a new one I hope to find the other to get flight data to give us all info to better the drones. I also flew my vision plus over the same area with a hesitant wait before RTH initiated. I'm learning how to upload videos that are edited so check out my waypoints dropping low and flying very far 3000 meters.

  11. Toast

    My drone flys not more 60m far away and lose the connecting.
    Today, the rotors failed and they crashed, she had received..
    I have this toy now 3 days.
    My came back when she had reception problems.

  12. Nocturnal Hunter

    Fyi you need to check the kp index before each flight, take off from a solid table, let it hover for ten seconds, gain and lose altitude a few times and then you're ready to fly. You don't go fly a plane without doing pre flight check list do you?

  13. Tigro Pigro

    SAME thing for me!!  my drone after rising very high without control , turned off the engines plummeting to the ground. breaking even with the zip tie!! purchased on the Apple store it was changed to guarantee after two months of email ! It seems to be a common defect . I'm scared. It is in the box

  14. Vallo Järv

    So, after one week of waiting for the answer from retailer who sold me the drone, it seems i'm out of luck, because they accused me of wrong use of the drone.

    Main problem for them was that i flew "too high" for a flight controlled by phone!!! They said, that maybe i lost a connection and that was the root of a problem. Well thats a shame, because i had limited Bebop to go 50m max into the air. Never had any problem with connection with first drone or this one even at 80m height. Also, this is absurd, because in this case bebop should have came home instead of rotating whilst flying away. They said that it is acceptable to fly only maybe 20 meters in distance when not using skycontroller, but if you look at Parrots own testing Android phones tend to have over 300 meters of range in Europe settings.
    http://blog.parrot.com/2014/11/28/parrot-bebop-drones-flight-range-test/

    Also, they said that it can't be told from watching the video, if i pressed landind button on the phone or just cut the power by emergency. I pressed landing, but my voice against them as it is :S Maybe it would have been even better if i had pressed the emergency button instead.

    The problem was not the landing but why the hell did it try to run away in the first place.

    So I'm left with the opportunity to buy myself a new frame and fix it myself. But i'm still left with utter disbelief toward using it again. For the first thing i think, it is absolute must to have a mini GPS/GPRS tracker on the damn thing, because i was a lucky fool this time and was able to retrive my 500 euro "investment", but next time it could fly away, and as it seems Parrot does not care!

    I'm really dissapointed in this product and warranty service as whole.

  15. cjm2005

    Mine ran away yesterday on its first proper flight, (using the skycontroller).

    Luckily it got caught in a tree. Retrieving it resulted in cracking the chassis. I've raised a support ticket with parrot…..

  16. Paolo Bovati

    i know, but i think also to the cost of it, not like a coffe cup. hope they will make firmware more stable to let us enjoy flying without get anxious and angry if things like these happen to us.  i've often flown over water, if you look to my channel you will find a video in which at a certain point the bebop turned left and crashed (fortunately IN a parked boat on the bank of the river) i had just upgraded the firmware. that time i was lucky, not the next.   have a nice time. Paolo

  17. Paolo Bovati

    hi, i lost mine with something very similar on the same release. unfortunately mine jumped straight in the river after about 100 meters at high speed without control response. river was very deep in that point. no recovery possible. Parrot answered me "no way to check what happens and no refund for water damages". you were luckier than me. Paolo

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