Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Community Issues

U.S. Customs and Border Protection deliberately crashes drone

See also

Somewhere off the coast of San Diego last night a U.S. Customs and Border Protection drone was deliberately downed.

The decision to crash the multimillion dollar unmanned aircraft was made after a mechanical malfunction was discovered in the operating system. The Texas-based remote ground crew made the call.

The Coast Guard moved into the area southwest of Point Loma around 1:15 a.m. this morning, January 28, to assist with debris recovery. It was unlikely that any of the highly sophisticated electronics onboard the drone were salvageable.

Mike Friel, spokesperson for the federal agency released a written statement:

"The crew determined that the UAS would be unable to return to where it originated in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and put the aircraft down in the water.”

The unmanned aerial surveillance drone was one of two specifically designed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, to be used over the ocean at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet. They can be airborne for a maximum of 20 hours.

Apparently, there was no threat to the general public with the drone’s malfunction or its crash landing however, the entire fleet of U.S. Customs and Border Protection drones has been grounded until the investigation is complete.

The National Military Examiner publishes military and military-related content from around the world that often misses mainstream media, including all troop losses. More related articles here on Facebook. "Like" the page for Facebook feeds.

Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting those who defend our nation.

Advertisement

Life

  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    Camera
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    Camera
    10 Photos