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CBP Grounds Entire Fleet Of Drones After Crash Off San Diego Coast

Credit: James Tourtellotte / CBP

Part of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's unmanned aircraft system for border security.

Aired 1/28/14 on KPBS News.

The United States has grounded its border drone fleet after one crashed off the California coast late Monday night.

The United States has grounded its border drone fleet after one crashed off the coast of San Diego late Monday night.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection drone was flying a patrol 20 miles off the coast at about 11:15 p.m. Monday. CBP spokesman Michael Friel said the Predator B drone experienced mechanical issues and operators crashed it into the ocean when it became clear it couldn’t return to Sierra Vista, Ariz.

As a result, the agency has grounded its entire fleet of nine drones.

Federal flight crash investigators were notified.

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