Intelligence: September 12, 2002


The Global Hawk that crashed in Pakistan (the third to crash; only six have been built) experienced an engine failure over Afghanistan (possibly lost turbine blades) and was put into a glide to an emergency landing field in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the aircraft either had no information in its databank on a particular ridge that crossed the flight path (or the data was wrong) and the aircraft slammed into the ridge, destroying the only electro-optical sensor package for use by Global Hawks. This was a major loss of intelligence data.--Stephen V Cole




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