Small Mexican drone crashes in Texas, no injuries

EL PASO, Texas (BestGrowthStock) – A small unmanned Mexican drone has crashed near El Paso triggering an investigation by U.S. federal authorities, officials said on Friday.

The unmanned aircraft came down near the Texan city on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board said. There were no injuries.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said the drone was an Orbiter Mini UAV, operated by Aeronautics Defense Systems and owned by the Mexican government.

“We are collecting data on the incident, really at the moment we don’t have a lot of information,” Holloway told Reuters.

“It was Mexican-government owned … though we don’t know what mission it was on,” he added.

The NTSB investigates aircraft crashes in the United States. Holloway said the aircraft was returned to Mexican authorities.

The lightweight drone is designed for use in military and homeland security missions, as well as low intensity conflicts and urban warfare operations, according to the manufacturer’s website.

It is launched from a rail, and can stay aloft for 3-4 hours, carrying a payload of up to 3.3 pounds.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynorl; Editing by Jerry Norton)

Small Mexican drone crashes in Texas, no injuries