A French Air Force Reaper drone crashed in a desert area a few kilometres away from the Barkhane track without causing any casualties.
The drone crashed around 1:00 am, Paris time last Saturday. The exact reasons for the accident are not known. The French Air Force has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, French ministry of defense said in a statement Saturday.
This is the first accident of a French Reaper drone, since its commissioning in January 2014 in the Air Force and the Sahel-Saharan band. The Reaper drones have flown more than 23,000 hours since being put into operational service.
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