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Found a lost Phantom 2 years later covered in mud!
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Alex Assenmacher
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Here's what happened. We found a lost DJI Phantom 3 Professional in Mallorca on a cliff, it had been for more than 2 years there, covered in mud, it has rained... will it work? Of course we tested it


9-18 05:13
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Hi, thanks for sharing this amazing video that you had created. We're glad that you already found your long lost DJI Phantom 3 Professional. Please let us know if you have any inquiries and concern. Thank you for your continued support!
9-18 09:42
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S-e-ven
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Amazing, it flies! Looks like an lost connection RTH went wrong, isn't it? How's the RTH setting?
9-18 11:17
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Woe
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Very cool. Quite surprised it still works.
9-18 17:42
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Montfrooij
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Amazing!
9-19 02:56
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Mountaindrone
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A video of 10 minutes about this : you are too strong !!!!  
9-19 03:09
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akozc
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if you didn't recovered it , it would be a " phantomus trian trex fossil in next 2 millions years   
9-19 03:09
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A J
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Wow - that's cool
9-19 03:09
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Alex Assenmacher
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haha definitely!
I have a vid crashing my p3p very much alike. You fly far, lose image transmission, panic, then hit the RTH button, forgot to set the rth altitude way higher, it comes back in a straight line, and as it has no front sensors...see ya my dear bird
9-19 03:39
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jacksonnai
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Awesome! Very surprise that it still work
9-19 06:52
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Zero Effs
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Just curious; did you try locating the previous owner? I've found drones and have always located the owners to return it. I hope to never crash and lose a drone but if I ever do I hope someone would return it no matter its condition.
9-19 14:14
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Zero Effs Posted at 9-19 14:14
Just curious; did you try locating the previous owner? I've found drones and have always located the owners to return it. I hope to never crash and lose a drone but if I ever do I hope someone would return it no matter its condition.

Might not be possible?
If the previous owner were a serious droner, he would go like "I already got me a Mavic 2 with obstacle detection, I don´t risk anything now"
9-19 15:46
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I find this very hard to believe. Behind those grills are wires and circuit board. While the motors are brushless, it's not designed to withstand water damage. in 2 years the thing would be highly corroded inside.
9-19 15:58
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deathsquad Posted at 9-19 15:58
I find this very hard to believe. Behind those grills are wires and circuit board. While the motors are brushless, it's not designed to withstand water damage. in 2 years the thing would be highly corroded inside.

Actually all the circuit boards are coated in plastic after the components and connecting wiring are soldered.  No reason why corrosion should be an issue.  There are sensitive components like the barometer, sonar and camera that would suffer from water exposure.  Note in the video he did not show images from the camera.
9-19 16:48
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Dirty Bird
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Some TV tuner cleaner might get the gimbal working.  Remove the gimbal motor caps & spray them clean with air.  Then liberally spray the motors & contacts with the cleaner & allow them to soak for a few minutes.  Then sptay again & manually work the gimbal motors back & forth through their full range of motion.  It's worth a shot.
9-19 19:46
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rbtmckny
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That is amazing. I don't believe it still works, the SD Card too. Thanks for posting.
9-19 20:50
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AIRQUAD
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Amazing that it works
9-19 22:17
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Toedles
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Awesome....
9-19 22:33
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Alex Assenmacher
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Thanks guys!
For "deathsquad": we are preparing now an episode 2, we have opened it, I do not know a lot of about cables and engineering stuff, but it looks very clean to me, there's a bit like dust and dirt on the arms but everything else looks in a good condition to me. I attach a pic:

And "dirty bird" thanks for the help, I will do so .

And of course thanks to everyone else commenting on this thread

As we are preparing a second part / episode of this, we will include images of the open drone and will try to repair the gimbal and shoot some cinematic stuff

9-20 00:09
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maddox
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Cool! Thanks for sharing
9-20 05:47
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Phantom Pilot
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That is Incredible..
9-20 17:26
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hemawillys
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Great job.. appreciate it
9-20 21:10
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QQRUCH
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Awesome and amazing that he can fly. Thanks for sharing with us!
9-21 03:09
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pianoplayer7
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Incredible! DJI makes such durable drones. Great work!
9-24 13:05
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effedesav
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Ahahaha, and after that he also works. Very cool video
9-26 07:23
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ssylca44
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Great video, amazing! thank you.
9-26 14:18
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tommynacc 7
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Looking forward to video #2!

It would be interesting to see if you could get it back to the original owner.  Maybe DJI could help with warranty/Serial number identification?!?  Oh wait, that would mean DJI would have to have a customer support staff that cared!  Never mind! Lol!
10-1 14:44
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Tentoes
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Can't wait for video number 2!
10-4 05:51
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Desert_eag1e
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How lucky you must be to find a drone in the mud?
10-7 00:21
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DJDudu
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what a story! xD amazing!
10-7 15:01
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