January 28, 2014
A Homeland Security drone has crashed off of the coast of Southern California late last night, reported the Associated Press.
Customs and Border Protection, which operates under DHS, says that the Predator B drone was being flown on a “border security mission” 20 miles southwest of San Diego when it encountered an unknown mechanical failure.
The drone’s pilots then elected to crash it out in the ocean, according to dept. spokesperson Mike Friel.
CBP, which operates the largest drone fleet in the U.S., routinely lends its drones out to a wide range of local, state and federal agencies as we reported back in July.
This practice increased eightfold in the period between 2010 and 2012.
By 2016, CBP wants drones flying in domestic airspace 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure a so-called “layered security strategy.”