IDF says drone crashed into sea, was retrieved by navy
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IDF says drone crashed into sea, was retrieved by navy

Military reveals unmanned aircraft went down due to technical malfunction some weeks ago, adds that no data was compromised

Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier operating a reconnaissance drone. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier operating a reconnaissance drone. (photo credit: Tsahi Ben-Ami/Flash90)

An Israeli Air Force drone crashed off Israel’s coast several weeks ago, the army said Thursday.

The crash, which occurred during “routine operations,” was caused by a technical malfunction.

Military officials confirmed the incident, adding that the drone was retrieved by the navy and none of its systems or data were at any point compromised.

The air force has been examining the aircraft to determine the exact cause of the crash.

The army did not indicate which type of drone had crashed.

The IDF has seen multiple drone crashes in recent years due to technical troubles, including most recently on March 31 when a drone fell out of the sky in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television reported at the time that the unmanned aircraft went down between the villages of Beit Yahoun and Baraachit in southern Lebanon, before a second Israeli aircraft fired at the downed drone and destroyed it.

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