In Debut, Russian Drone Crashes Into a Wall

The drone crashed and crumbled into pieces as it was on its way to making its first parcel delivery in Siberia

A damaged mail delivery drone, which crashed into a building in Ulan-Ude, the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia April 2, 2018.
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A Russian-made drone on its way to making a first parcel delivery crashed into a wall and crumbled to pieces in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude Monday, shocking local residents and regional officials at the scene.

The unmanned aerial vehicle was sent to deliver a small package to a neighboring village in a ceremony meant to showcase a new way to deliver mail in the sparsely populated Buryatia region located more than 4,400 kilometers east of Moscow.

Video footage from the scene showed the drone lifting off from a miniature launch pad bearing Russian Post’s blue and white logo, buzzing through the air for several seconds before losing height and crashing into a three-story residential building in front of a small crowd of spectators who were heard uttering expletives.

No one was injured in the incident, which left the drone in pieces on the ground.

Russian Post was quick to distance itself from the drone crash, saying it was present at the launch merely as a guest.