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An accident involving Facebook’s internet-serving drone is being investigated by U.S. aviation safety agency, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The incident was previously described as a “structural failure” by Facebook and occurred during the “Aquila” drone’s first test flight on June 28.

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Alongside the recent loss of Facebook’s Amos-6 satellite in a SpaceX rocket explosion, the investigation marks another setback to the company’s global connectivity plans.

The massive Aquila drone, which boasts a wingspan comparable to a commercial airliner’s, undertook “substantial” damage during the accident, a spokesperson for the NTSB told Bloomberg.

No damage occurred on the ground, claims the agency. Facebook itself has not officially confirmed the investigation.

 

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