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Crash landing

Facebook's drone, Aquila, powered by the sun, crashed during its first flight in Yuma, Arizona because of strong winds.

The flight itself was a success and the problem only hit during the landing.

No-one was injured, and fixes are being incorporated into an improved design for the next one.

The drone has has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 at 141 feet (43m). Termed "Aquila", it was built with carbon fiber and weighs around 900 pounds (408kg). During the test flight it remained aloft at low altitudes for over 90 minutes, which was beyond the initial plan for a 30 minute flight.