- Dec 7, 2018
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Today I went down to my son's college to get some footage for him for a school project. Flying by a bridge over the river, there were some wind gusts but I hovered for a few minutes and it seemed able to handle them. Just the usual back and forth I get on windy days. I was filming for about 5-6 minutes and turned to come back toward me. I still had over 65% battery left. I'm watching the camera and to my horror, despite full throttle, it was getting farther and farther from the bridge. I tried altitude, I tried return to home but in a matter of seconds it had lost connection over the river. I have no idea what happened to it since it hit so quickly and pushed it out of visual range. I fear my orange pumpkin is no more. I looked at the flight data and despite my flying at full throttle towards me, it was traveling at over 60mph in the other direction! I know the winds aloft are usually stronger than at ground level but the difference would have been over 90mph! I am super bummed about losing my beloved XSP. I can only assume it ended up in the river, or over a large forested area in Illinois. It will be a while until I can afford to replace it (or I might just have to find a different aircraft since they seem few and far between). If you guys can keep an eye out if someone is looking to sell one, I would like to hear about it. I don't need much in the way of accessories so mainly just the aircraft. If I can't find one down the road, I may have some extra parts for sale in the future. Bummer day to be sure.