Friday, December 17, 2010

Mexican Drone Crashes In El Paso

Tuesday night, El Paso experienced yet another illegal border crossing. This one was special. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed into the backyard of an El Paso resident. The house was almost half a mile north of the border.

I’m amazed that I didn’t hear about this till this morning … seeing as I live here. By the time the information was released, the UAV had already been returned to Mexican authorities. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had not been allowed to examine it.

Now there can be several reasons why the UAV was on the wrong side of the border. A controller may have inadvertently flown over, the GPS system on the plane could have been malfunctioning, the UAV may have been damaged by cartel gunfire, or there may have been structural problems with the UAV.

The last 3 of these possibilities could have been answered by an NTSB examination of the UAV/wreckage. I thought that ANY crash on US soil must be investigated. I guess not.

There is another possibility … The Mexican military may have been conducting a recon mission for the cartels, to determine the best route to smuggle drugs. We have not been told if the drone was armed, though with a payload of only 3.3 pounds, it couldn’t have been too heavily armed. The office of our Congressman was not even notified of the incident till Thursday. I’m not a conspiracy theorist … but this all seems a little fishy.

Orbiter Mini UAV specifications:
Max Ceiling – 2000 feet
Max Speed - 70 knots
Max Altitude – 18000 feet
Max Payload – 3.3 pounds
Endurance - 3 to 4 hours

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5 comments:

Debbie said...

I don't understand. If the UAV crashed in the US how is it that it was removed and taken back to Mexico before the American authorities had a chance to examine it???

Debbie
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Brooke said...

I wish I could say I didn't believe it... *sigh*

This is literally the first and probably ONLY peep I will hear of this INVASION.

WomanHonorThyself said...

exactly what Brooke said..sheesh.

Paul Champagne said...

Debbie
It crashed in the evening and was returned by noon the next day ... must be some kind of record in international cooperation.

Brooke
I saw it on Fox News friday night, but nothing on the other channels.

Angel
Seems like I've been saying sheesh alot since the Obama administration came to power.

MK said...

Cartels using spy planes now, wow that's new. American authorities under the direction of their political masters kow-towing to mexicans, sadly that is nothing new.