An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Indian Navy crashed on Tuesday morning, in Kochi.
The UAV, that was on a routine training crashed near the Southern Naval Command (SNC) a little after 11 am near Willington Island. The crash occurred minutes before Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was set to arrive at the Navy airport.
Manorama reports that the vehicle crashed close to a bulk terminaling facility that stores potentially explosive compounds including diesel, thereby preventing a major flare up.
Reports suggest that it was an engine failure that caused the crash. The Navy officials are in the process of ascertaining the cause of the crash.
Venkaiah Naidu is in Kerala on a two-day visit starting Tuesday to take part in a series of events including an event hosted by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in collaboration with the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch.
This is the first time he is visiting the state after assuming office as the VP.
(This is a developing story)