An unmanned aircraft suffered a malfunction and crashed in Afghanistan in late October, U.S. military officials say. It then wound up in Taliban propaganda photos, where militants claimed they shot down the drone. Several pictures surfaced on Taliban channels over the past week, allegedly showing the wreckage of an armed U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone with large trucks in […]
The UK CAA has issued a Safety Notice which applies to operators of the DJI Matrice 200 series multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft.A small number of incidents have been recently reported where the aircraft has suffered a complete loss of power during flight, despite indications that there was sufficient battery time still remaining. In each case, […]
The crew of the Mi-24 helicopter from Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) has downed a Russian-made Orlan-10-type unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the town of Lysychansk in Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. “At 08:09, an air target was detected by radio-technical facilities, previously identified as an Orlan-10-type unmanned aerial vehicle, which is in service […]
According to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report released today, an RQ-4B Global Hawk that crashed June 21, 2017, near Lone Pine, California, broke up mid-air after experiencing issues with one of its navigational data devices/ navigators. This caused the RQ-4B to enter an unusual flight altitude and experience airspeeds that exceeded […]
A Hellenic Army unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fell near Komotini, northern Greece, last Thursday morning.The SAGEM Sperwer type aircraft fell some four kilometers west of Komotini, according to local reports. The aircraft had been on a training exercise when it crashed five minutes after takeoff, sources said. Initial assessments indicate that a mechanical failure was […]
A MQ-4C Triton landed on its belly after a test flight last Wednesday went wrong at Naval Base Ventura County in California. The incident occurred at 2:45 pm Wednesday at Point Mugu when the aircraft from Florida-based Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 experienced an unspecified mechanical glitch during the flight. “As a precautionary measure, […]
An RQ-4 Global Hawk crashed into the waters off Spain on June 26th, 2018. The incident has not been previously disclosed to the public prior to inquiries by The Drive. It marks the second loss of an RQ-4 in just over a year, with the other aircraft crashing into highly remote California wilderness near Mount Whitney on June […]
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed that on Thursday that the group’s fighters have shot down a CH-4B armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Royal Saudi Air Force. According to a statement issued by the Houthi’s media on 30 August, Saudi CH-4B armed UAV was shot down near Tuwal border crossing. In a Twitter post, the unofficial Yemen Observer released photographs […]
Official claims by the Venezuelan authorities that the two explosions that interrupted a speech by President Maduro of Venezuela in Caracas on August 4th, celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard, was a drone-borne IED (DBIED) attack, have been cast into doubt by the absence of any images or video footage of the drones […]
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The US National Transport Safety Board is increasingly using drones as part of its accident investigation toolkit, including for terrain mapping of air crashes, according to NTSB investigator Michael Bauer. Notable drone applications by the Board since 2016 include rail and highway crashes and general aviation accidents. However, Bauer notes that the NTSB’s most challenging […]
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