Drones Gone Wild!
The US military reported three instances within a one-week period where unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) lost control and crashed.
The first incident involved an MQ-9 Reaper operated by the New York Air National Guard on Tuesday. The UAV crashed into eastern Lake Ontario during a training mission. The Air Force dispatched an HC-130 aircraft and the US Coast Guard sent a helicopter to attempt and find the crashed UAV. The flight was a training flight where the pilots fly the UAV remotely from their base in Syracuse, New York.
The second accident happened on Thursday. Another MQ-9 Reaper crashed on a range near Creech AFB, a remote airfield located 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. No injuries were reported and the Air Force is investigating.
In a separate incident on Saturday, an unmanned aerial targeting drone, crashed into the USS Chancellorsville, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, operating in the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu, California, northwest of Los Angeles. The drone was being used for radar tracking training when the malfunction occurred, according to US Navy Third Fleet spokesperson Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein.
The unmanned drone crashed into the US Navy ship carrying 300 Sailors, and caused minor injuries to two Sailors aboard the ship.
"No person was seriously injured," according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein.
Photos courtesy USAF & US Navy.