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US drone crashes on Seychelles runway

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April 4, 2012 03:28 PM EST | AP


NAIROBI, Kenya — A U.S. Embassy statement says an American military drone used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles.

A U.S. statement said the unmanned, unarmed Air Force drone crashed Wednesday near the Seychelles International Airport runway.

The aircraft "came to rest in sea water" adjacent to the airfield. The statement said there were no indications that any hostile act contributed to the crash.

A drone crashed at the same airport in December when it wasn't able to stop before the end of the runway.

Wednesday's statement did not speculate on the cause of the most recent crash.

The U.S. military has a small team in the Seychelles to operate a drone program.