WaPo reports on America's Craziest Drone Accidents
(June 25, 2014)
Using the Freedom of Information Act, The Washington Post
got 50,000 pages of accident reports involving military drones and used it as the basis of a report, "When Drones Fall From the Sky
." So far, no one has accidentally died from a drone crash, but, says the Post
Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair.
As City Paper has reported
, military drones are designed, built and tested in and around facilities operated by our own Johns Hopkins University. Other highlights from the Post
A $3.8 million Predator carrying a Hellfire missile cratered near Kandahar in January 2010 because the pilot did not realize she had been flying the aircraft upside-down.
In April, a 375-pound Army drone crashed next to an elementary-school playground in Pennsylvania, just a few minutes after students went home for the day. In Upstate New York, the Air Force still cannot find a Reaper that has been missing since November, when it plunged into Lake Ontario. In June 2012, a Navy RQ-4 surveillance drone with a wingspan as wide as a Boeing 757′s nose-dived into Maryland's Eastern Shore, igniting a wildfire.
The crews of two doomed Predators that crashed in 2008 and 2009 told investigators that their respective planes had been "possessed" and plagued by "demons."
Go read it all.