Wing Delivery Drone Crash Causes Power Loss For Thousands
A residential area of 2,000 households in a suburb of the Australian city of Logan was without power for hours on Thursday after a Wing delivery drone accidentally landed on a power line and caught fire.
The drone of Google’s sister company Wing was on its way to a customer with a meal, but for an unknown reason, the aircraft made an emergency landing halfway through the route.
Wing delivery drone makes controlled precautionary landing
The incident took place on Thursday, September 29, at 14:00 local time. A Wing delivery drone with a meal on board made a ‘controlled precautionary landing’ for an unknown reason. The device accidentally ended up on an 11 kV high-voltage line.
Initially, the drone appeared to survive the incident without damage. But as a result of a short circuit, the device caught fire after some time, according to local media. This led to a power outage, which lasted 45 minutes for 2,000 households. 300 homes had to wait a few more hours…