An unmanned aerial vehicle ‘Rustom 2’ belonging to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) crashed during a trial in an agriculture field in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district on Tuesday.
No casualties were reported in the crash. Here is a VIDEO of Drone crash
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) #Rustom2 being developed by DRDO on experimental flight trial in new configuration has crash landed in fields near Chitradurga, 200 kilometers from Bengaluru. @DRDO_India pic.twitter.com/rhFxtjoX6D
— Anish Singh (@anishsingh21) September 17, 2019
The unmanned aircraft was on a test flight which surprised villagers when it crashed near Jodi Chikkana Halli in Chitradurga District.
The incident created quite a scare at Jodi Chillenahalli village as a loud noise was heard after the drone crashed.
DRDO's Rustom 2 unmanned aircraft crashes during test flight in Karnataka's Chitradurga, villagers take selfie
Read here- https://t.co/rXUBnXgEBz pic.twitter.com/Xapmvtlc0l
— DNA (@dna) September 17, 2019
Soon, a large number of people gathered at the spot. Confirming the incident, Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told news agency Press Trust of India that the UAV crashed in the Areca nut farm this morning.
Photos of the broken UAV were shared on social media.
#DRDO We Indians have high expectations from you. Hoping #rustom2 flies higher soon. Time to bounce back harder. https://t.co/wIk8izOigL
— Rishi Dewan (@dnrishi) September 17, 2019
DRDO officials rushed to the spot following the crash. The organisation has a test range very close to its headquarters in Chitradurga.
The Challakere Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) is an out-door testing and evaluating facility set up by DRDO exclusively for unmanned and manned aircraft.
Confirming the incident, Chitradurga Superintendent of Police Arun K told PTI that the UAV crashed in the arecanut farm this morning, but no one was injured.
Videos of the broken UAV has gone viral on social media.
#Rustom2 UAV of @DRDO_India
crashed near ATR Chitradurga today.#Rustom #drdo #defense @DefenceMinIndia @DefProdnIndia @VishwavaniNews pic.twitter.com/hpp18THrXa
— Ranjith H Ashwath (@RanjithHosakere) September 17, 2019
According to state government officials, the testing of aerial vehicle called ‘Rustom-2’ was in progress when the incident occurred.