Navy's unmanned aircraft searcher goes down in Kochi shortly after take-off

Indian Navy RPA crashes during take off

Fuel filled tanks, which were in the vicinity, remained intact.

A board of inquiry has been constituted to look into the cause of the accident, said the officer.

"A remotely piloted aircraft "Searcher" on a routinesurveillance mission crashed north of the naval airfield INSGaruda after take off at 10:25 am", a Defence release said."However, there has been no casualty or damage toproperty". The aircraft, part of INS Garuda's air fleet, was on a surveillance round when it crashed.

Willingdon Islands is the largest artificial island in India.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning by around 11.00 am. No damage to life or property has been reported yet, said news agency ANI.

In 2010, a Searcher II UAV had crashed between Vathuruthy and Katari Bagh while approaching the runway for landing after a training sortie. Last year, there was a similar mishap involving an RPA during a routine surveillance mission and the aircraft had to be ditched into the sea in a controlled fashion due to engine failure.

Kerala DGP Loknath Behara has directed the Kochi range IGP to conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident that occurred yesterday.

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