Two drone operators have been assaulted and their drone destroyed by a skier at the Les Arcs ski resort

DJI Phantom 3 Destroyed And Operators Attacked By Skier At Les Arcs Ski Resort, France

On 27th February a YouTube channel under the name of ‘Lauren Krem‘ uploaded two videos showing an aggressive assault of two drone operators, followed by the destruction of their drone.

Two drone operators have been assaulted and their drone destroyed by a skier at the Les Arcs ski resort
Two drone operators have been assaulted and their drone destroyed by a skier at the Les Arcs ski resort

There has been much doubt and suspicion around the authenticity of this video with rumours circulating that it might have been staged or setup, but for many the scenario appears real and shocking.

As a skier descends at speed down a Les Arcs slope in France, he is passed closely by a DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone travelling up the hill at low altitude.

A still from the video captured by the ‘girlfriend’ of the skier, captured from the other side of the slop as the confrontation evolved.

The skier stops and confronts the operators, shouting loudly with abuse and foul language. As the drone operators bring the aircraft in to land, the skier attacks it with his ski poles, bringing it down to the ground abruptly.

After further abuse and shouting, the skier turns and leaves the scene, his girlfriend was also conveniently filming the incident from the other side of the slope.

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Is it real or fake…

Numerous comments have been posted in response to the video with many claiming that the incident appears to have been staged, one key reason being that the French skier opts to initiate the confrontation in English instead of French, a strange approach considering that Les Arcs is a French resort.

When confronted with this suggestion, the author of the videos responded rudely in YouTube comments as follows:

A comment posted to the video page by a viewer, and the response from the video owner.

Another oddity is that at the point where we spotted this video, we noticed that the views were approaching 100,000, however revisiting the video now shows a dramatic reduction in the view count.

There is one key reason as to why this occurs on YouTube, if a content creator has paid for views but the automated algorithm detects this, invalid views are then removed.

A screenshot of the video from a week ago, illustrating almost 100,000 views – but as of today (14th March) the video has just 41,000 views.

Drones are not permitted for use at the Les Arcs ski resort as it is covered by a NFZ (No Fly Zone), in addition the dialogue and interaction between the individuals feels staged.

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