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An IDF Sky Rider drone crashed near the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday morning, the army said in a statement.
According to a statement released by the IDF, the Sky Rider drone fell out of the sky for as-yet unknown reasons and the incident is being investigated. The drone was later retrieved by the army and there was no fear that any classified information was lost.
The Sky Rider, built by Elbit Systems and operated by the artillery corps, is the IDF’s smallest drone measuring in at seven and a half feet and operates on all fronts for tactical surveillance. It can be launched by one or two soldiers and can be operated on the roof of buildings or in the back of armored personnel carriers, providing live-video to operators once airborne.
While it is considered an effective and popular drone, there have been several crashes since it was delivered to the ground forces in 2010.
Tuesday’s crash is the latest in a series of crashes over the past several years and just last week another Sky Rider fell in the southern Gaza Strip and a week before another Sky Rider crashed near the West Bank city of Bethlehem before it was recovered by the IDF.