RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a $200 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 26-feet long and weighing over 220 pounds, simply disintegrated in mid-air.


Unfortunately there’s no one to blame for this catastrophe but those responsible for its construction and the pilot at the controls. The jet engines worked fine, there was no mid-air collisions, but apparently the stress of flying was enough to weaken its airframe to the point where the tail broke off, causing the craft to suddenly nose up and then boom.

[YouTube via LikeCool]