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Air Force's unmanned aerial vehicle crash-lands in Cagayan de Oro

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Philippine Air Force crash-landed in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday, the PAF said.

The UAV, a Hermes 900, crashed into a vegetated area east of Lumbia Airport, it said.

"The Hermes 900 crash landed in a vegetated area where it was confirmed to have lost contact," the PAF said.

The UAV took off Lumbia Airport at 9:30 a.m. for functional check flight, then ascended to 10,000 feet as it proceeded to 5NM east of Lumbia, it said.

Pilots found the functional check flight satisfactory and made the UAV descend 5,000 feet at 1.5 miles east of Lumbia Airport.

However, the pilots lost communication with the UAV at around 11:46 a.m.

"All emergency procedures were performed and Field Service Representatives were called for troubleshooting," the PAF said.

No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the incident, it said.

"No civilian casualties and damage to properties were reported," the PAF said.

"The Command will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of such incident," it added. —KG, GMA News