Navy Investigating 'Hard Landing' Of MQ-8B Fire Scout Drone

By Christopher J. Castelli / November 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM
The Navy is investigating what caused an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to unexpectedly suffer a “hard landing” during a recent test flight in Maryland, according to documents and officials. The Naval Safety Center has categorized the Oct. 24 event -- a hard landing from a hover after takeoff during a test flight -- as a “class A” mishap, signaling the initial estimate for the damage's cost is at least $2 million. Navy spokesman Doug Abbotts said officials are still...

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