A U.S. Air Force drone has crash-landed at an airport in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Seychelles, the second pilotless aircraft to go down in the island nation in four months, reports quoting the U.S. Embassy said on Thursday.
A U.S. Embassy statement said the unarmed MQ-9 Reaper aircraft crashed near the runway of the Seychelles International Airport on Wednesday causing no injuries to any ground staff. The remotely-controlled aircraft "came to rest in sea water" near the airport on the main island of Mahe. Cause of the crash was under investigation.
The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority said the drone tried to land soon after takeoff as it developed technical problems and crashed. It touched down on the runway and bounced a few times before sliding into the sea at the extreme southern end of the runway, it said in a statement.
It was the second U.S. drone to crash near the Seychelles airport, the first being in December last. American drones based in Seychelles are usually unarmed and being used to track pirates in and around the Indian Ocean.
The United States has a small military team in Seychelles mainly for operating the drones.
by RTT Staff Writer
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