New Delhi (Sputnik) — A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) owned by the Indian Navy crashed while taking off at Willingdon Island on Tuesday morning. It was part of the Kochi-based Indian Naval Air Squadron 342.
"No damage to property or human life. A Board of Inquiry is being constituted to investigate the cause of the accident," an Indian Navy official said about the mishap.
Israeli Aerospace Industries made Searcher MK-II spy drone is capable of flying 18 hours at a stretch and the Indian Navy used to deploy it at a height of 20,000 feet above the mean sea level.
Last year in March, the Indian Navy had also lost its second type of drone Heron due to engine failure.