United States: The US Air Force lost control of two Predator drones in separate incidents recently in Turkey and Iraq, a US military official said today. Predator drones are capable of being equipped with deadly munitions, but it was not immediately clear if they were armed at the time of the incidents.
In the first case on October 16, a Predator crew reported a “lost link and subsequent crash while the Predator was flying southeast of Baghdad,” military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said. Local Iraqi police recovered the drone in the vicinity of Al-Kut. They returned the aircraft to US control and there were no injuries, Warren said.
Then on October 19, a different Predator “crashed” in southern Turkey, Warren said. Local media have said it came down in Hatay. “The aircraft experienced mechanical failure. The Air Force in this case maintained positive control of the aircraft and brought it down safely in an unpopulated area,” Warren said.