New Delhi, Dec 7: After Chinese state media alleged that an Indian drone ‘invaded’ their airspace, the Defence Ministry said the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had crashed into Chinese territory due to some technical problem. The ministry refuted the charge that the drone was flying into China’s airspace.

“An Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the LAC in the Sikkim Sector,” the Defence Ministry statement said.

“Indian border security personnel immediately alerted Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV. In response, Chinese side reverted with location details. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation. The matter is being dealt with in accordance with established protocols,” it added.

Chinese state media claimed that the Indian drone was flying in their airspace before crashing. “The Indian UAV intruded into China’s airspace and crashed recently, and China’s border troops have conducted identification and verification over the vehicle,” the Xinhua report quoted deputy head of the combat bureau of the Western Theatre Command’s joint staff department, Zhang Shuili, as saying.