Thursday Night: Some Drone Wreckage Found


Debris from an unmanned drone aircraft which crashed into Lake Ontario was recovered Thursday, according to a press release Thursday night.

The release from the 174th Attack Wing, based out of Syracuse, said "some aircraft debris" was recovered "along the shoreline of Lake Ontario."

The release doesn't say where, exactly, the debris was found. It notes that "local authorities" forwarded information about the debris to the Attack Wing and "personnel were dispatched to the reported area."

7 News was told earlier in the week that the MQ-9 "Reaper" drone crashed in Ontario about 20 miles north of Oswego at 1 pm Tuesday, while on a routine training mission.

The 174th's drones are operated out of Syracuse, but fly from Fort Drum. The drone was not carrying any weapons, and no one was hurt.

The statement Thursday night also gave some more insight into how the investigaion into the cause of the crash will proceed:

- Air Combat Command officials are convening a Safety Investigation Board (SIB) to determine the cause and to recommend measures necessary to prevent a recurrence. The SIB will not produce a publicly releasable report but is instead focused internally, according to Thursday night's statement.

- Officials will also convene an Accident Investigation Board (AIB) to investigate the matter and to produce a publicly releasable report. In addition to documenting factual information concerning the accident, the AIB is required to state the board president's opinion concerning the cause or causes of the accident and describe those factors, if any, that substantially contributed to the accident.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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