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6/23/2014 (2 years ago)

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Aircraft has crashed into homes, farmlands and runways with frightening regularity

It's enough to make anyone carry an umbrella. Drones, those slender, stealthy unmanned aircraft used in secret missions in Afghanistan have plummeted to the Earth with frightening regularity. At least 400 have fallen on U.S. soil since 2001.

The fact that more than 400 U.S. military drones have fallen out of the sky since 2001 is a highly worrisome number of crashes that exposes the pitfalls of opening up American airspace to the unmanned devices.

The fact that more than 400 U.S. military drones have fallen out of the sky since 2001 is a highly worrisome number of crashes that exposes the pitfalls of opening up American airspace to the unmanned devices.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/23/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Drones, accidents, U.S., surveillance


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Drones have reportedly plowed into homes, farms, runways, highways and even an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. The good news is that no one has died in a drone accident. Documents obtained from newspaper journalists have shown lots of close shaves.

The fact that more than 400 U.S. military drones have fallen out of the sky since 2001 is a highly worrisome number of crashes that exposes the pitfalls of opening up American airspace to the unmanned devices.

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"All I saw were tents, and I was afraid that I had killed someone," Air Force Maj. Richard Wageman told investigators after an accident in November 2008. Wageman had lost control of a Predator that crashed into a U.S. base in Afghanistan. "I felt numb, and I am certain that a few cuss words came out of my mouth."

To date, most of the drones have crashed in combat zones, but the U.S. has also seen an alarming number of accidents. A 375-pound Army drone crashed beside an elementary school playground in Pennsylvania last April, only minutes after students went home for the day.

Domestic use of commercial drones will become reality next year, as a result of a law passed by Congress in 2012.

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