Border Patrol Drone Crashed by Controllers After Developing Problem

A Customs and Border Patrol flight crew deliberately crashed the $12 million, unmanned Predator B aircraft into the ocean approximately 20 miles southwest of San Diego. The agency's other drones were grounded as a result.

A General Atomics Predator B similar to the one that crashed. Photo courtesy General Atomics.
A General Atomics Predator B similar to the one that crashed. Photo courtesy General Atomics.
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol drone was purposely crashed into the ocean about 20 miles southwest of San Diego after it developed a mechanical problem, an agency spokesman said. 
The CPB Office of Air and Marine flight crew deliberately crashed the unmanned aircraft about 11:15 p.m. Monday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Michael Friel.   

Friel said the maritime variant of the General Atomics Predator B experienced an unspecified problem while  patrolling the coastline, and its controllers determined it would be unable to return to Sierra Vista, Ariz.   

The CBP handled the recovery of the aircraft, with the U.S. Coast Guard providing a safety buffer, Coast Guard officials said.   

Pending an investigation of what went wrong, the CBP grounded its drones, he said.   

Friel said the National Transportation Safety Board and the FederalAviation Administration was notified about ditching the drone, reportedly valued around $12 million.

– City News Service
Don Chaffins January 29, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Whatcha tryin to say, Dante? Do you think maybe Big Brother has some armament flying around close by just in case the natives get out of hand. Gee, surveillance using all the sophisticated technology of today is bad enough, but just imagine if there was armament aboard that drone. I know one thing for sure, privacy is getting harder and harder to come by.
Dante Pamintuan January 29, 2014 at 01:31 PM
A 12 million dollar drone funded by the taxpayer in cooperation with a Co-op Corporate subsidized company like Boeing...seems excessive. Perhaps a million times more than the six hundred dollar hammer from the 1980's. I said nothing about weapons.
Dante Pamintuan January 29, 2014 at 01:34 PM
As for the natives getting restless...Our local law enforcement agencies are already trained and equipped using military style tactics and vehicles.
Don Chaffins January 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Just count me among the paranoid people
Carol January 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Didn't even know they had such a thing.......


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