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Report: U.S. Drone Goes Down Over Pakistan. Again.

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM
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A U.S. drone reportedly crashed in Pakistan on Sunday. The Associated Press calls it “a rare mishap for a program Washington has increasingly relied on to kill Taliban and al-Qaida militants.” But that’s not quite right; American unmanned aircraft go down all the time. They’ve even gone down before in Pakistan.

According to U.S. Air Force statistics, Predator and Reapers drones have suffered at least 85 “class A mishaps” — accidents which caused a million dollars’ worth of damage or more. Typically, one of these accidents takes place about 14 times for every 100,000 hours a Predator flies.

Drones are more glitch-prone than traditional planes. Communications with their remote pilots regularly cut out, forcing the robotic aircraft into automatic holding patterns.  The unmanned planes don’t handle rain, snow, heavy clouds, or high winds particularly well; the Air Force typically grounds as many drone flights as it can if there’s bad weather. Landing the aircraft (especially under inclement conditions) is awfully tricky. That’s when almost all of the Reaper accidents have taken place.

With the drone war over Pakistan escalating dramatically in 2010 — 10 strikes in just the first three weeks of January, compared to four reported attacks in January 2009 — more accidents are bound to happen.

It wouldn’t be the first time a remotely-piloted plane has fallen out of the skies above Pakistan. Last March, the Taliban claimed to have shot a drone there. In September of 2008, an American-made drone crashed in Pakistan; its parts were displayed on local television. America’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, asserted that the unmanned aircraft didn’t belong to the United States. But he offered no other explanation for how the drone — manufactured by Predator-maker General Atomics — had wound up on Pakistani soil.

[Photo: Noah Shachtman]



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tericared
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 5:19 PM

In September of 2008, an American-made drone crashed in Pakistan; its parts were displayed on local television. America’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, asserted that the unmanned aircraft didn’t belong to the United States. But he offered no other explanation for how the drone — manufactured by Predator-maker General Atomics — had wound up on Pakistani soil.

Unbelievable

Joqui
by Joqui on Jan. 25, 2010 at 5:22 PM

my thoughts exactly... it's like.. WOOPS!... I mean, no it's not mine... yeaaaaahhh

Quoting tericared:

In September of 2008, an American-made drone crashed in Pakistan; its parts were displayed on local television. America’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, asserted that the unmanned aircraft didn’t belong to the United States. But he offered no other explanation for how the drone — manufactured by Predator-maker General Atomics — had wound up on Pakistani soil.

Unbelievable


survivorinohio
by René on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Pay no attention to the American markings lol its not ours... 

LOL.

Quoting Joqui:

my thoughts exactly... it's like.. WOOPS!... I mean, no it's not mine... yeaaaaahhh

Quoting tericared:

In September of 2008, an American-made drone crashed in Pakistan; its parts were displayed on local television. America’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, asserted that the unmanned aircraft didn’t belong to the United States. But he offered no other explanation for how the drone — manufactured by Predator-maker General Atomics — had wound up on Pakistani soil.

Unbelievable



               

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tericared
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM


Quoting survivorinohio:

Pay no attention to the American markings lol its not ours... 

LOL.

Quoting Joqui:

my thoughts exactly... it's like.. WOOPS!... I mean, no it's not mine... yeaaaaahhh

Quoting tericared:

In September of 2008, an American-made drone crashed in Pakistan; its parts were displayed on local television. America’s top military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, asserted that the unmanned aircraft didn’t belong to the United States. But he offered no other explanation for how the drone — manufactured by Predator-maker General Atomics — had wound up on Pakistani soil.

Unbelievable

 



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mrs_khan07
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Well, Pakistan has no one to blame but their current president. I don't understand why they don't get rid of him the old fashioned Pakistani way. That son of a bitch was exiled years ago for basically stealing millions from the country and now they are allowing him to lead the country. And look what he has done. As much as I would like to say that the US invaded Pakistan the way they do with any other country, it's not true. The current president let them in, even sold them land in Islamabad. This is just great. I'm going to see my family there in July and I run the risk of being killed by a drone from my own country. I will haunt those bastards. My advise to Pakistan is to return a military-run country. I know that sounds bad to us Americans but it works really well for Pakistan. Accident my ass.

Mrs. Khan



tericared
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM


Quoting mrs_khan07:

Well, Pakistan has no one to blame but their current president. I don't understand why they don't get rid of him the old fashioned Pakistani way. That son of a bitch was exiled years ago for basically stealing millions from the country and now they are allowing him to lead the country. And look what he has done. As much as I would like to say that the US invaded Pakistan the way they do with any other country, it's not true. The current president let them in, even sold them land in Islamabad. This is just great. I'm going to see my family there in July and I run the risk of being killed by a drone from my own country. I will haunt those bastards. My advise to Pakistan is to return a military-run country. I know that sounds bad to us Americans but it works really well for Pakistan. Accident my ass.

Now  I dont want you to go...Nice toilet or not.....

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mrs_khan07
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:07 PM


Quoting tericared:


Quoting mrs_khan07:

Well, Pakistan has no one to blame but their current president. I don't understand why they don't get rid of him the old fashioned Pakistani way. That son of a bitch was exiled years ago for basically stealing millions from the country and now they are allowing him to lead the country. And look what he has done. As much as I would like to say that the US invaded Pakistan the way they do with any other country, it's not true. The current president let them in, even sold them land in Islamabad. This is just great. I'm going to see my family there in July and I run the risk of being killed by a drone from my own country. I will haunt those bastards. My advise to Pakistan is to return a military-run country. I know that sounds bad to us Americans but it works really well for Pakistan. Accident my ass.

 

Now  I dont want you to go...Nice toilet or not.....

Yeah, I'm with you there. I just want to get it over with before it gets worse over there, and it will.

Mrs. Khan



Della529
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 7:12 PM


Quoting mrs_khan07:

Well, Pakistan has no one to blame but their current president. I don't understand why they don't get rid of him the old fashioned Pakistani way. That son of a bitch was exiled years ago for basically stealing millions from the country and now they are allowing him to lead the country. And look what he has done. As much as I would like to say that the US invaded Pakistan the way they do with any other country, it's not true. The current president let them in, even sold them land in Islamabad. This is just great. I'm going to see my family there in July and I run the risk of being killed by a drone from my own country. I will haunt those bastards. My advise to Pakistan is to return a military-run country. I know that sounds bad to us Americans but it works really well for Pakistan. Accident my ass.

Precisely!!

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