‘Everything I have is gone,’ says homeowner after drone crash
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‘Everything I have is gone,’ says homeowner after drone crash

25 lightly hurt as Israel Aerospace craft on test flight hits house in Zalafa in north, narrowly missing family; authorities launch probe

An Israel Aerospace Industries drone crashes into a home in the northern village of Zalafa, in Wadi Ara, August 9, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)
An Israel Aerospace Industries drone crashes into a home in the northern village of Zalafa, in Wadi Ara, August 9, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)

The owner of a house in northern Israel completely destroyed in a drone crash on Tuesday said the incident was a “disaster” from which his wife and four children narrowly escaped.

Twenty-five people, including 13 children, suffered smoke inhalation after a Heron 1 drone belonging to Israel Aerospace Industries plummeted into the building in the village of Zalafa, in the Wadi Ara area.

Four firetrucks combated the resultant blaze, which caused extensive damage. A car parked outside the house also appeared to have been completely destroyed.

“My wife and four children were on the bottom floor and the plane hit the top floor. Thank God the kids are okay, but my wife felt sick and is in hospital,” Wessam Jabarin told Channel 2.

An Israel Aerospace Industries drone crashes into a home in the northern village of Zalafa, in Wadi Ara, August 9, 2016. (screen capture: Channel 2)
An Israel Aerospace Industries drone crashes into a home in the northern village of Zalafa, in Wadi Ara, August 9, 2016. (screen capture: Channel 2)

“No one has talked to us,” Jabarin said. “Everything I have is gone.”

A spokesman for the company said the vehicle was in the midst of a test flight when it crashed.

Officials have launched an investigation into the incident.

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