British police have been forced to ground some of their drones after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) warned they were losing power mid-flight and falling from the sky.
A “handful of drones” were affected by a glitch that cut their power and made them crash land, the regulator said. The error occurred even when the drone’s batteries appeared to have charge remaining.
The drone model, used by UK emergency services, is used in search and rescue operations and for crime prevention and investigation. The outage affected the M200 series of drones produced by Chinese manufacturer DJI.
Police in Norfolk, Devon, Cornwall and the West Midlands are among those deploying DJI drones to find missing persons and conduct investigations.
West Midlands Police alerted the CAA over the issue after one of its drones lost power during an operation and was forced to land on the roof of a commercial building.
A spokesman said: “The model will not take flight again unless the CAA and industry experts can