A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of the Indian Navy crashed during takeoff just outside the Naval base in Kochi on Tuesday, a Defence spokesman said. No casualties were reported.

The incident occurred in the morning when the Israeli-made pilotless aircraft took off from the Naval airport here for a routine sortie. The crash occurred due to technical reasons, he said     

"A remotely piloted aircraft 'Searcher' on a routine surveillance mission crashed north of the naval airfield INS Garuda after take off at 10:25 am," a Defence release said.

"However, there has been no casualty or damage to property. A Board of Inquiry has been constituted to investigate the cause of the accident," it said.

The spokesman said the crash has not caused any damage to the runway.