UAV-HERON which took off from Jaisalmer airbase, immediately developed problem in starting of engine and crashed on land after falling from height, Wing Commander S S Birdi, PRO-IAF Delhi said.
It was carrying qualified equipments and cameras. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the UAV crash, he said.
There was no damage to civil property and human life as the UAV fell on the open land.

Earlier in November, another Heron UAV of the Indian Air Force, used for surveillance, crashed on the outskirts of a village near Bhuj town in Gujarat's Kutch district.

Heron is a medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Malat division of Israel Aerospace industry. It is capable of medium altitude long endurance operations of up to 52 hours' duration. It was acquired by India from Israel.

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