Source: The Telegraph
An American military drone which has been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island of Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said.
The US Embassy in Mauritius said the unmanned US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was not armed and that Tuesday’s crash caused no injuries. The crash sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished.
Lina Laurence of Seychelles’ civilian aviation authority said the drone developed engine problems minutes into its flight and needed to land as soon as possible Tuesday morning.
« But due to its accelerated landing speed, the aircraft was unable to stop before the runway’s end, » Laurence said.
The embassy’s statement said the cause of the crash is being investigated.
« It has been confirmed that this drone was unarmed and its failure was due to mechanical reasons, » Laurence said.