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US drone crashes at an airport off the coast of East Africa

‘Mechanical’ failure downs unarmed craft

By Malkhadir M. Muhumed
Associated Press / December 14, 2011
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An American military drone which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said yesterday. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius said the unmanned U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was not armed and that the crash caused no injuries. The crash sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished.

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