By Colin Murphey – San Angelo Standard-Times
SAN ANGELO — An unmanned aircraft experienced the collapse of part of its landing gear upon arrival at the San Angelo Regional Airport on Friday, May, 15, resulting in a hard landing.
Emergency vehicles and personnel could be seen on or near the runway working at the scene of the crash and at another location nearby.
The aircraft is part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations.
After the hard landing, the aircraft left the runway and came to rest in the grass. The airport fire department arrived at the scene quickly to extinguish a fire on the aircraft.
According to information from the CBP, the aircraft suffered extensive damage. There were no injuries reported due to the incident.
A CBP Air and Marine Operations Accident Investigation Team has been activated to investigate the incident. Air and Marine Operations will pause flight operations at the San Angelo Regional Airport until further notice.
The Predator drones are used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency for surveillance operations and anti-narcotics missions. Predator drones have flown missions out of San Angelo since 2016.