Air Guard Suspends Its Part Of Drone Search
The New York Air National Guard has suspended its part of a search for a fallen drone along the Lake Ontario shore line.
Members of the 174th Attack Wing had been searching the shore of Lake Ontario to locate debris from an MQ-9 Reaper from Fort Drum which crashed November 12 during a routine training mission.
The U.S. Navy is continuing its part of the search, according to a press release from the 174th Attack Wing Saturday evening.
"U.S. Navy experts, assigned to an area search platoon from the Fleet Forces Command based in Virginia, arrived at the Oswego Coast Guard Station on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to prepare for search and recovery efforts that may use Navy salvage divers to retrieve the MQ-9 wreckage," according to the release.
The Air Force is also investigating the incident.
The 174th Attack Wing is based out of Syracuse, but the drones - including the one that crashed - fly out of Fort Drum.
The 174th Attack Wing is asking that if members of the public find any aircraft debris that they call the wing's Emergency Operations Center at 315-233-2257 or 2258. The MQ-9 aircraft debris does not contain hazardous materials but any material found should be handled with caution.
Friday, January 30, 2015, Watertown, NY