Alligator Eats Drone (and ignites the battery pack)

Discussion in 'Aviation Mishaps' started by GaryM, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. GaryM

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    Oh man, is that croc ever gonna hear from the feds if he doesn't have a drone license...
     
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    The drone pilot is probably going to hear from the feds.
     
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    Yep. How many regs do you think were just violated?
     
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    I agree with a commenter in the video, ... "that's probably not good!" Very astute (yeah not) observation.
     
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    With the FAA being the least of his worries.
     
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    Yep... the exceedingly rare Everglades Dronecroc... Marlin Perkins and the Croc Hunter are rolling over!

    Ya, they probably shouldn’t have posted that, but dayum, that was amazing!
     
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    Harassing and killing a protected species within a national park is probably going to be bad enough. But I’m certain the FAA will also rub some salt in that wound.
     
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    “We were trying to get a close up of the gator with its mouth open and thought the obstacle avoidance would make the drone fly away,…” Drone manufacturer is clearly at fault here.
     
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    Someone is about to get a smoking deal on a slightly used drone ... :eek:
     
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    It's too bad they couldn't recover the footage that was shot from the drone. That would have been interesting.
     
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    Sometimes the drone is the device, and sometimes the drone is the device's operator.
     
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    Yeah, five figure fines aren't rare in these cases.
     
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    And I'm sure the alligator would like to have a word with the pilot.
     
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    Yeah, they(she) had to have a 2nd drone or camera to catch the picture after the gator got upset. I’m thinking it was a setup from the start.
     
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    Once he gets over the heartburn.
     
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    No such thing with LiPo batteries. They burn like a China Syndrome meltdown. I didn't read the article but I'm guessing it would burn him practically in two. But now that I think about it, I believe oxygen is a required part of the equation. Maybe inside his body, little to no oxygen. Well crap, I guess I should just go and read the story.

    Oh, ****e. That must have been excruciatingly painful. But the pain didn't override his instinct to chew and swallow. Pretty awful to watch, actually.
     
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    Yeah, it's bad when a video gets one feeling sorry for alligators!
    OTOH, the smoke looked more like what you'd get from dry ice, which would be just as tortuous.
     
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    The smoke is nasty stuff. A fellow RC pilot hooked one up wrong at our field while trying to charge it, and before we noticed the pack had swelled to look like an overstuffed pillow, then failed and vented. Even outdoors, the little whiff I got while trying to disconnect the charger made me want to lose my lunch.
     
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    Those burn like molten lava and burn for a really long time.
     
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    Prolly smelt like burnt chicken….. lol ;)
     
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    How are alligators protected? They serve em in restaurants.
     
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    Or on the BBQ. Here's 2 from yesterday. No drone required.:rolleyes:

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    Eating it wasn’t so bad, it’s the next morning when it really burns. :)
     
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    Wiki says they are not anymore. Categorized as “least concern”. They were, hunted almost to extinction but after bans were put on hunting them they recovered and now are prolific, although there are still restrictions on how much you can harvest them. Usually can’t kill them unless they threaten you and so on. We have them all over the place here.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_alligator#Conservation_status
     
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    Florida. Nuff said.
     
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    I stand corrected.

     
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    We have more than a few here in Carolina. My daughter had to call the police to come and get a little gator out of her driveway some years ago ...
     
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    The fact that you can legally hunt gators doesn't mean you can gratuitously harass or torture a game animal. I can hunt the deer in my backyard, I can't burn them with a flamethrower.

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    Man that gator is dedicated! Mouth full of burning battery and he keeps chewin!
     
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    first off it was a gator not a croc. that is why gators are on the protected list. they really are not even threatened. the reason they are on the, protected list is people do not know the difference between a croc and a gator. there are crocs in florida, but they are rare and endangered. so the gator is on the protected list to protect the crocs. gator permits are available for hunting. also the different tribes in florida have different laws and treaties with respect to gator harvesting.

    to bad it wasn't a python, the state would probably bought him a new drone.
     
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    Ok, if I was dumb enough to fly a drone and harass an animal. I damn well wouldn't post the footage online of the harassed animal dying as the battery melts a hole in it's body. That was tough to watch and those retards could do nothing but laugh. I hate people.