U.S. Navy Unmanned Helicopter Crashes After Suffering A Blade Strike On Building

U.S. Navy Unmanned Helicopter Crashes After Suffering A Blade Strike On  Building
An RQ-8A prepares for the first autonomous landing aboard USS Nashville during sea trials, 2006.

The unmanned US Navy helicopter of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, detached to the base for training, suffered a blade strike on a building.

The crash caused superficial damage to the building. No injuries were reported

Firefighters with the naval base’s Federal Fire Department responded to the crash and applied firefighting foam to the scene as a precaution, though no fire or explosion were reported as a result of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout is part of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, based out of Naval Air Station North Island. The copter is used to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness and precision targeting for ground, air and sea forces, according to naval officials. It was at the air station at Point Mugu as part of a training detachment.

The Fire Scout is not the only unmanned aircraft program to be brought to the naval base. Plans are also underway to bring over MQ-25A Stingrays, which are used for refueling combat fighters.

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