WASHINGTON (AP) — A Homeland Security Department drone has crashed off the coast of Southern California.
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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.