Share this article

print logo

$45 MILLION SPY PLANE CRASH TIED TO STRAY TEST SIGNAL

A test signal inadvertently received by the military's $45 million Global Hawk unmanned spy plane caused it to crash last March in the California desert, Air Force officials said Monday.

The high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft was at 41,000 feet when it went nose down in a rolling vertical dive and crashed 20 minutes after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base.

The Air Force accident investigation board said the plane flew so high that it lost the signal coming from Edwards and began receiving the next strongest signal -- one for flight termination from the test range at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

There are no comments - be the first to comment