A MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopter drone crashed last week at a Southern California Navy base, the second unmanned helicopter operated by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 to crash there in recent months.
SC-23 is one of two helo squadrons operating the latest version of the 35-foot-long Fire Scout, which the Navy says will expand at-sea intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities.
The Fire Scout's crash occurred alongside a runway on November 10th at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu, Naval Air Forces spokesman Cmdr. Zachary Harrell said in a statement.
The mishap occured after the Fire Scout had reached its "recovery perch," a hovering position for such an aircraft as it approaches a landing area.
No one was injured, but the Naval Safety Center has classified the incident as a so-called "Class A" mishap, which involves property damage of at least $2.5 million.
A Bravo variant belonging to the same squadron crashed on the same base back in August.