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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A group of unidentified drones that approached the military facilities near the Hmeymim airbase in Syria on June 30 has been destroyed by Russian air defenses. A source in the Syrian army told Sputnik that more than five unidentified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which were earlier eliminated near the Russian Hmeymim airbase in Syria, were “most likely on a reconnaissance […]
An Israeli drone crashed in Syrian territory Tuesday evening, as troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad prepared an assault on the rebel-held Quneitra and Daraa. The cause of the Skylark tactical surveillance drone’s fall was not clear, though Syrian sources near Quneitra claim the UAV was shot down. The Skylark, Israel’s smallest drone model, […]
A British Army Watchkeeper has crashed near Aberporth, taking the number of crashes involving the unmanned aircraft to five. Launched from West Wales Airport at Aberporth, it crashed in a lane close to the airstrip at around 5 pm on Thursday afternoon. Police and firefighters were called to the scene near Cyttir Mawr farmhouse after […]
The US Air Force sustained 271 Class A, B and C aviation mishaps involving unmanned aerial vehicles from fiscal 2011 to 2017, according to data obtained by Military Times. The number of mishaps has been mostly stable during that time, with an average of about 39 incidents per year. The service documented 43 mishaps involving drones in FY11, […]
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