A report has revealed that a £6 million military drone crashed into a tree just a mile away from a primary school.

Drone flying over the countryside

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) drone crashed after it landed beyond its planned destination in Wales.

Children at Penparc school in Aberporth, were taking part in a sports day when the French made Watchkeeper WK050 crash landed on June 13 2018, according to the BBC.

Five drones which were bought from a French company called Thales have so far crashed in Wales.

The MoD have said they are taking action to address the problems and the report was revealed following a Freedom of Information request.

What have the Mod said

The MoD have announced that they will be investigating the problem and said that the drone “landed long” of it’s landing place and veered to the right. The computer did not register it had landed so the drone “auto-aborted” and took off again it was 40ft up in the air when the pilot cut power which caused the crash. 

The report said: “The pressing of the engine cut was the cause of the accident". After the engine was cut, the drone then “glided over the road and crashed into a tree, approximately 900m beyond" the landing point. The report added:” Had no action been taken by the crew the AV (aerial vehicle) would have completed its automatic go-around, from which it could have been commanded to conduct a further approach.”

The drone was being tested at West Wales Airport at Aberporth, Ceredigion, it has been designed to keep watch over service personnel in dangerous and hostile areas. 

"Our ability to rigorously test their capabilities and meet the highest standards of testing and certification demanded of the UK's military aviation authorities means that we are ultimately able to deliver a safe system when deployed in operational situations."

 

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