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IDF: Israeli drone crashes in Gaza

Sky Rider drone crashes in Strip during operational activity. IDF: Crash likely due to technical fault. Palestinians say terrorists took over aircraft

Yoav Zitun
Published: 11.03.13, 14:34 / Israel News

An Israeli drone crashed inside Gaza territory during operation activity on Sunday. The IDF said the crash was due to a technical fault and that the matter is being investigated.

 

The Palestinian Ma'an news agency quoted Gaza sources as saying that terrorists took over the aircraft north of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Strip. It should be noted the drone, the Sky Rider, is the Artillery Corps' smallest aircraft.

 

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Last May, an Israeli Air Force Hermes 450 drone crashed at sea off the coast of Ashkelon.

 

The wreckage was picked up over the last several hours by the Navy and will be examined in the course of the incident's investigation.

 

The drone that crashed was in flight as part of an IAF training. The IDF 's preliminary estimate is that the drone crashed due to a technical malfunction in the engine.

 

The Hermes 450 is one of the largest drones the IAF possesses, which was used in the Second Lebanon War.

 

Also in May, a Shoval-type drone engaged in routine activity was shot down over the sea due to an engine malfunction. IAF helicopters searched for its remains in the sea between Tel Aviv and Netanya.

 

The IDF stressed this is not the first time the IAF downs a drone in a controlled manner.

 

Drones are taking an increasingly larger role in Israeli Air Force missions.

 

Elior Levy contributed to this report

 

 

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