US military drone crash lands in Seychelles after possible engine failure

A US military drone crash landed on the island nation of Seychelles, two weeks after an unmanned aerial vehicle went down in Iran, US officials said.

The US has been using drones from Seychelles to target Somali militants linked to Al Qaeda, according to the Associated Press. The location also served as a base for anti-piracy operations.

Although the two drone losses happened closely together, the circumstances vary.

The MQ-9 Reaper that crashed at the Seychelles airport was operated by the Air Force and is not in enemy territory, unlike the CIA operated RQ-170, which the Iranian government is now in possession of.

The US Air Force is investigating the cause of the first ever Reaper drone crash in the Seychelles, according to the Washington Post

The drone is suspected of having experienced mechanical failure before it crashed. “It has been confirmed that this drone was unarmed and its failure was due to mechanical reasons,” according to a statement from the Seychelles civil aviation authority.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 12/14/2011 - 10:40 am.

    Unmanned surveillance boomerangs?

    Now that’s just great…one Drone runs out of gas inside Iran territory.

    It happens to the least of us…running out of gas, but, then mechanical failure on another?

    Maybe drones should be renamed…Boomerang I and Boomerang II before the whole regrettable, somewhat nefarious Nintendo Game in the sky comes back to haunt us in most inappropriate ways?

    Somebody’s not minding the store or the storehouse:

    Over at the Minot Air Force Base, another bummer on November 7th… maintenance crews maintaining one missile site, damaged components. Thank the gods no missile on-the-ready was installed at the site at that time… but which also says not all missiles are on strike mode all of the time; just some of the time I suppose? re:Minot Daily News, Dec. 7,2011…”Missile incident reported”…wow.

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