An Israeli drone is seen over Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip in 2011
An Israeli drone is seen over Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip in 2011. 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. © Said Khatib - AFP/File
An Israeli drone is seen over Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip in 2011
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Last updated: January 29, 2012

Israeli jumbo drone crashes in field

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.

"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).

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