Christian Martinez, Ventura County Star
A $110 million unmanned aircraft made an emergency crash landing at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, causing extensive damage to the craft, officials said Thursday.
According to U.S. Navy officials, the unmanned and unarmed maritime reconnaissance aircraft, an MQ-4C Triton, was on a test flight when it began to experience mechanical issues Wednesday.
The test flight was ended and the craft was flown back to the base.
However, upon approaching a runway for landing, the Triton’s landing gear failed to deploy, forcing the aircraft to perform a “belly landing,” skidding across the runway, according to base officials.
Cmdr. Dave Hecht said the Triton sustained significant damage and the landing was defined as a “Class A mishap,” an incident that result in a fatality or damage more than $2 million.
The Triton costs approximately $110 million, according to Theresa Miller, a base spokeswoman.
No injuries were reported. Hecht said the incident remains under investigation by the Navy.