DHS drone crashes into Pacific off Calif. coast

This photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border.
  • Customs and Border Protection says the drone was being flown on a border security mission.
  • Mechanical problem developed about 20 miles southwest of San Diego.
  • %2418M surveillance drone was one of 10 that Homeland Security uses to patrol the border with Mexico.
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security Department drone has crashed off the coast of Southern California.

    Customs and Border Protection says the drone was being flown on a border security mission. when a mechanical problem developed about 20 miles southwest of San Diego. Spokesman Mike Friel says the crew operating the drone from Texas decided to crash it in the ocean.

    The $18 million surveillance drone was one of 10 that Homeland Security uses to patrol the border with Mexico. It was just one of two Predator B drones equipped with radar specifically designed to be used over the ocean.

    Friel said the cause of the mechanical failure is unknown.

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