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This painful video shows why GoPro’s recalling its Karma drone

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After just 16 days on the market, GoPro announced yesterday that it has no choice but to put safety first and recall all units of its much-anticipated Karma drone while it thoroughly investigates a small number of reports of power failure during operation.

But what exactly does “power failure” mean? And why is it so dangerous? Well, the short video below should give you a pretty good idea. We have to warn you though, if you’re not too keen on the thought of watching an $800 drone fall to the ground and — presumably — break, please look away.

Don’t feel like watching the entire flight video? Skip to 2:05 for the good stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4nRalvmBhA

Ouch.

Now imagine that you or your friend were sitting beneath the drone when it came plummeting to Earth, and you’ll have a pretty good idea why GoPro decided to bite the bullet, recognize there’s a problem with some of its Karma drones and issue a full recall.

If you own a Karma, you can find instructions on how to return it here.

Published November 10, 2016 — 11:00 UTC

GoPro Karma Hard Crash on YouTube