One of the most sophisticated drones in the Israeli military crashed by accident in a field on Sunday, without causing casualties, an army spokeswoman said.
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"An Eytan (meaning "strong" in Hebrew) crashed by accident into a field today in Israel during a test being carried out jointly by the army and Israel Aerospace Industries. There were no injuries," the spokeswoman told AFP.
Israel's private Channel 10 television said a wing broke off, apparently because of a heavy payload, causing a loss estimated at 10 million dollars.
The huge drone, of which the army only has a few in service, is the size of a Boeing 737, can fly 36 hours non-stop -- bringing Israel's arch-foe Iran within range -- and carry a payload at an altitude of 13,000 metres (40,000 feet).