Navy Unmanned Helicopter Crashes at Point Mugu

Ventura County, Calif., Aug. 14, 2020 – An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter crashed today at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu after its main rotors clipped a building at the air station. No personnel were injured in the crash, which occurred at 12:21 p.m. Pacific time, and the damage to the building was superficial. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

There was no fire or explosion as a result of the incident, but NBVC’s Federal Fire Department responded and applied firefighting foam to the scene as a precaution.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 based out of Naval Air Station North Island. The helicopter was at the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu as part of a training detachment.

The Fire Scout is a sea-based, vertical lift, unmanned system that is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces.


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