Surveillance drone crashes on western border island

South Korea’s surveillance drone dispatched to a western border island crashed during a test flight Thursday, military officials said.

The unmanned aerostat crashed into a rice paddy on the country’s northernmost island of Baengnyeong at around 6 to 7 p.m. after officials noticed problems with the airship and tried to drag it back down.

“On its way back down to the ground, air was leaking from its body and then it crash-landed,” an official said.

No casualties were reported, the official added, adding that the army was trying to find the exact cause of the crash.

The crashed drone is one of the two moored blimps that were delivered to the Marine Corps in May as part of the country’s efforts to beef up its surveillance capability to monitor North Korean military bases.

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