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Tuesday
Dec132011

US Predator Drone Crashes in Seychelles

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(MAHE, Seychelles) -- An unarmed U.S. Predator drone crashed at the international airport in the Seychelles Tuesday. The United States operates a small fleet of unarmed surveillance drones out of the Seychelles to assist with countering the scourge of Somali pirates who terrorize the waters off of east Africa. 

 A U.S. Air Force statement said the remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper aircraft crashed at a runway at the Seychelles International Airport in Mahe Tuesday morning. “The MQ-9 was not armed and no injuries were reported,” said the statement.

After the debris was removed from the runway the airport re-opened for normal traffic.   The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation.

Tuesday’s Reaper crash was the first in the Seychelles since they started flying reconnaissance missions from the remote archipelago in 2009.

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