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Indian Navy RPA crashes during take off in Kerala, no casualties

The incident occurred when the Israeli-made pilotless aircraft took off from the Naval airport here for a routine sortie.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2017 15:47 IST
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Remotely Piloted Aircraft searcher on a routine surveillance mission crashed while taking off North of naval airfield at Wellington Island on Tuesday.(ANI)

A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of the Indian Navy crashed during take off just outside the Naval base here on Monday, a defence spokesman said.

No casualties were reported.

The incident occurred this morning when the Israeli-made pilotless aircraft took off from the Naval airport here for a routine sortie, he said.

The crash occurred due to technical reasons, he said

“A remotely piloted aircraft ‘Searcher’ on a routine surveillance mission crashed north of the naval airfield INS Garuda after take off at 10:25 am,” a Defence release said.

“However, there has been no casualty or damage to property. A Board of Inquiry as been constituted to investigate the cause of the accident,” it said.

The spokesman said the crash has not caused any damage to the runway.

First Published: Nov 21, 2017 13:16 IST