Wed, Apr 26, 2006
Predator Down Near US-Mexico Border
A Predator B unmanned aerial drone went down Tuesday morning
over southern Arizona as it was monitoring the US-Mexico border in
an effort to find smugglers and illegal immigrants.
CNN reports operators lost contact with the $6.5 million UAV
about 3 am Tuesday. US Customs and Border Protection spokesman
Michael Friel said the wreckage was located by a government
helicopter about three hours later.
No one on the ground was injured, and nothing was damaged --
well, except for the UAV... but officials didn't immediately know
the extent of damage to the vehicle.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the downing.
Officials said while it was flying, the Predator B has aided in
apprehending nearly 1,800 illegal immigrants, as well as the
seizure of over four tons of marijuana.
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