UAV crashes into coconut grove

The UAV, which took off from the INS Parundu base at Uchipuli near here in the afternoon, crashed into the grove at Usilankattuvalasai just behind the naval station

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Naval Air Station (INS) Parundu crashed into a coconut grove, close to a residential area, while returning to base after completing its routine surveillance operation on Friday.

The UAV, which took off from the INS Parundu base at Uchipuli near here in the afternoon, crashed into the grove at Usilankattuvalasai just behind the naval station around 3.10 pm, Commander Abhijit Barkataky told reporters at the crash site. Prima facie, the accident was caused by some technical flaw and the exact reason would be known only after a detailed investigation, he said.

The aircraft, INAS 922, was commissioned at the naval station in April last year for maritime surveillance.

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