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IDF suspects engine malfunction behind crash of armed drone

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Israeli Heron military drone flies over the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on November 13, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
An Israeli Heron military drone flies over the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on November 13, 2019. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The Israeli military suspects an engine malfunction caused an armed drone to crash in southern Israel last night, according to an initial probe of the incident.

The drone, an IAI Heron 1, known in the military as Shoval, crashed near the southern city of Arad, leading to the grounding of the entire fleet for the second time in three months.

The Heron 1 has seen several crashes due to engine malfunctions, most recently in September along Israel’s maritime border with Lebanon.

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