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Watchkeeper report details crash factors

12th August 2016 - 15:13 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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The UK Military Aviation Authority report into the crash of a Watchkeeper at West Wales Airport (WWA) in 2014 has been released with the finding that the system mistakenly thought it had landed when on final approach, pitching it into the ground.

According to the report, on the morning of 16 October 2014 a Watchkeeper being operated by a civilian crew from UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS) was involved in an accident while on approach to land at the airport near Aberporth, Wales.

The report states: ‘The sequencing of the landing logic within the vehicle management systems computer (VMSC) functioned as

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