Belarus: Army goes to press to find lost drone

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The military in Belarus has placed an advert in a local newspaper to seek the public's help in finding a lost drone, it appears.

"An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Byaroza army base was lost while on a flight at 17:00 on 10 July 2014," says an advert in Mayak, a newspaper based in Byaroza, a small town in the Brest Region. Whoever finds the drone is "kindly asked" to telephone in with the information. The Interfax news agency did call the Belarusian army and was told that, a week after it was lost, the drone had not been found.

The picture in the advert suggests the missing done is a Russian-made Irkut-3 aircraft. The website reported earlier that drones of this type were delivered to the base in 2013. The Irkut-3 is equipped with several cameras, can stay in the air for about one hour and cover distances of about 15km (9 miles).

Tomin, a website based in Brest, points out that the military are right to be worried about losing the drone, as they will face a criminal probe if they do not find it.

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Image caption Drones were delivered to the Byaroza base in 2013

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