Bengaluru, September 17: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Chitradurga district on Tuesday, police said. However, no casualties were reported. The incident created a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard when the aerial vehicle fell. Soon, large number of people gathered at the spot, they said.
Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in the areca nut farm this morning, but no one was injured. Videos of the broken UAV went viral on the social media. Karnataka: TAPAS Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle of DRDO Crashes Near Chitradurga Test Range During Test Flight.
Karnataka: One TAPAS Experimental Unmanned Aerial Vehicle belonging to Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) crashed 17 km from Chitradurga test range, today. The UAV was airborne for one of its initial development flights and was undergoing a test when it crashed. pic.twitter.com/IhNJrBkFGu
— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called 'Rustom-2' was in progress when the incident occurred. When contacted, a DRDO official declined to comment on it.