FAA Must Decide What to Do After Homeland Security Drones Grounded Following Crash

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Steve Neavling

The FAA is in a tough position after a Homeland Security drone crashed over the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this week, Motherboard reports.

DHS grounded its fleet of 10 unmanned surveillance aircraft out of “an abundance of caution,” DHS spokesman Michael Friel said.

“The cause of the failure is unknown,” according to Friel.

Now the FAA, which is takes with overseeing the unmanned aerial system, must determine what went wrong and how to correct the problem.

“If you are going to meet that same high safety bar, it means you better be very careful, very deliberative,” Air Line Pilot Association national safety coordinator Sean Cassidy said.

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