Military denies reports of drone accident in Taitung
CNATAIPEI--The Army yesterday denied reports that one of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had crashed in Taitung a day earlier, saying the drone made an emergency landing during a training operation but did not crash.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
In a statement, the Army said the drone slowed down during a regular training flight due to an engine malfunction, but was brought back safely to the military base from which it was launched.
On Monday, sources told CNA that a UAV had crashed at a military base in Taimali Township in the Eastern Taiwan county soon after takeoff on a training flight.
Witnesses on the scene said the drone took off at 2:45 p.m. from the military base but stalled as it was climbing then fell back into the base at 2:50 p.m.
However, the Army said in its statement that the drone landed safely at the base.
The Army's Aviation and Special Forces Command, which conducts the training program, has formed a task force to coordinate with the Ministry of National Defense's Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) to investigate the incident, the statement said.