WATCH: Russian postal drone fails SPECTACULARLY on maiden voyage

Russia’s first postal drone failed spectacularly on its maiden voyage as it lost control and smashed itself into a build shortly after takeoff. Have a look:

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Want to know why mail drones aren’t ready for prime time? Russia can tell you. The Siberian town of Ulan-Ude was expecting to beam with pride as organizer Rudron/Expeditor 3M tested a postal drone in the area for the first time, but they left red-faced after the inaugural flight went spectacularly wrong. The hexacopter courier went haywire moments after takeoff, smacking into the side of a building at high speed — as you can see in the video below, it went from technological triumph to an embarrassing pile of scrap metal in a matter of seconds.

It was a costly crash, too, as the drone reportedly cost about $20,000.

It’s not certain what went wrong, although regional leader Alexei Tsydenov speculated to Reuters that the 100-plus WiFi signals in the area might have played a part. Mind you, we’d take that theory with a grain of salt. Mail drones have flown in denser urban areas than this, so it’s not as if WiFi is guaranteed to cause havoc.

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