Latest in Drone

Image credit:

Pentagon confirms Iraq drone crash that surfaced online

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

There are a lot of hoaxes on the internet, but if you see images of a drone that looks like the one above, lying motionless in the middle of the desert, then you can be sure those aren't fake. Pentagon has admitted to BuzzFeed that the pictures of a drone crash that recently started circulating on social media websites are real. Those photos were posted on Twitter by Iraqi journalist Steve Ishak, who told the publication that he got them from a follower who, in turn, got them from local villagers in the country's Samawa province. "We can confirm an MQ-1 crashed on its way to its recovery base in Iraq," military spokesperson Major Genieve David said, adding that the UAV malfunctioned due to "loss of communication."

The images themselves corroborate the major's claim, because it doesn't seem like the plane was shot down, and the damage it incurred at least looked consistent with a crash. MQ-1 Predator Gray Eagle drones are part of the U.S. Army's Aviation Modernization Plan, cost around $21 million each and can carry payload, including Hellfire missiles, weighing up to 1,075 pounds. David, who didn't elaborate on what the broken drone was used for, said the broken UAV wasn't carrying any weapon. At the moment, Pentagon is working with Iraq to recover the MQ-1's metallic carcass, even though the drone might never fly again.

In this article: drone, iraq, military
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Save up to $200 on a Surface Pro 7 or Surface Laptop 3 at Amazon

Save up to $200 on a Surface Pro 7 or Surface Laptop 3 at Amazon

View
The laws protecting our data are too weak

The laws protecting our data are too weak

View
GM and LG team up to build EV batteries in the US

GM and LG team up to build EV batteries in the US

View
'Rocket League' update removes loot boxes from the game

'Rocket League' update removes loot boxes from the game

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr