U.S. drone crashes in Seychelles: embassy

VICTORIA Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:10am EST

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VICTORIA (Reuters) - A U.S. drone aircraft crashed at Seychelles International Airport on Tuesday, the U.S. embassy in Mauritius said.

"A U.S. Air Force remote-piloted MQ-9 crashed at the Seychelles International Airport in Mahe. The MQ-9 was not armed and no injuries were reported," the embassy said in a statement.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) confirmed the incident and said that the plane was on a "routine patrol" and had crashed because of mechanical failure.

The U.S. embassy did not comment on the plane's mission and said that the cause of the crash was unknown.

Iran announced on December 4 it had downed a U.S. drone in the eastern part of the country, near Afghanistan. It has since shown the plane on television and said it is close to cracking its technological secrets.

(Reporting by George Thande; Writing by Barry Malone)

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Comments (40)
Tiu wrote:
These things could end up being loose cannons. Isn’t technology wonderful?

Dec 13, 2011 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
These things could end up being loose cannons. Isn’t technology wonderful?

Dec 13, 2011 8:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
daedilus wrote:
They’re like the stealth technology fairy…

Just traipsing around the world sprinkling stealth and micro-component technology to all the little good third world countries of the world…

traipse, traipse, traipse… sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle

And poor, inept Father (limited) Time, Obama, is asleep at the wheel.

Dec 13, 2011 10:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
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