Border drones grounded after crash landing


Angela Kocherga
KVUE.com
February 4, 2014

The federal government has grounded the fleet of Predator drones that patrol the Southwest after one of the unmanned aircraft crash-landed in the ocean 20 miles southwest of San Diego.

“While on patrol off the Southern California coast, the unmanned aircraft — a maritime variant of the Predator B — experienced a mechanical failure,” according to a written statement from Michael Friel, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

The Texas-based flight crew landed the malfunctioning drone in the sea rather than try to fly it back to its home base in Arizona.

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