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Old 12-17-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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Mexican drone crashes in backyard of El Paso home - El Paso Times
A Government of Mexico drone crashed in El Paso's Lower Valley, sparking a federal investigation and raising questions about why the aircraft was in U.S. airspace.
"We are collecting data about the crash. We don't have the aircraft because it was returned to its owner," said Keith Holloway, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aircraft crashes in the United States and in other countries that request its help.
Though the U.S. is known to use drones to patrol the border, this is thought to be the first time a Mexican drone has been reported operating at the border.
Depending on the exact point of impact, the drone might have been from a third of a mile to a half-mile inside the United States.

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Sounds like Mexico uses drones for surveillence of drug smugglers & gangs in Juarez & the valley - and this one ran into mechanical or communication issues.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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The most surprising point about this incident is that Mexico has the technology to use drones. Is the entire Mexican airforce now in ruin?
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Some Beach... Somewhere...
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Why was it given back so quickly? If it had been my back yard, I think I'd be hanging it in the basement game room as a curiousity. If someone with a badge shows up asking where it is..

Well, like the Brooks & Dunn song goes...

It's kinda like a lost and found
In a border town
Askin' bout a diamond ring
They just look at you
Like you've lost your mind
Say they haven't seen a thing






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Old 12-17-2010, 09:05 AM
 
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The most surprising point about this incident is that Mexico has the technology to use drones. Is the entire Mexican airforce now in ruin?
That drone was the Mexican Air Force.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Even Iran has its own drones...

There is a picture of the Mexican one...
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure that the US and Mexico are now using drones to patrol the border now. There's a war going on right now for control of the border. It's the drug cartels against the US and Mexico.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Since many of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico are ex-military I wouldn't be surprised if the person operating the drone wasn't actually tipping of the drug trafficers about US border agent activities.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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Could have been a cartel drone. They take in billions and can afford a better equipped army than the Mexican government.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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They probably use Xbox or Wii controllers to fly them
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Since many of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico are ex-military I wouldn't be surprised if the person operating the drone wasn't actually tipping of the drug trafficers about US border agent activities.
I wouldn't say many are ex-military, but yes there are quite a few ex-military. Just not most from the Mexican Army/Navy.

Look further North, and further South. A lot of the training also comes from several of our own allies overseas as well.
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