A statement by the Indian Navy has confirmed that there are been no injury or loss of life caused by the drone crash. It also states that though an initial investigation suggests the cause of the crash to be an engine failure, a board of inquiry has been set up to analyse and carry out a thorough investigation and give a detailed report of the cause of the crash.
"There has been no injury to anyone. Preliminary inputs indicate failure of the RPA engine," a navy spokesperson said.
Though there is no formal data on crashes involving Heron UAVs, reports suggest that the average crash rate of these drones, since 2013, have been one per cent, the Indian Navy statement said.
The Heron drone that crashed today was an RPA or Remotely Piloted Aircraft, which suggests that it may have been operating on the manual mode. The drone crashed at around 10 am, and the site of the crash is close to the air base.
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