"Pilot Error" In UAV Crash
Well, this was bound to happen sooner or later. Pilot error has been blamed in the crash of an Air Force Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Nevada last June 14. An Air Force investigation concluded that an instructor pilot allowed a student pilot to continue a badly botched approach past the point of no return; the Predator was damaged to the tune of $4.2 million. According to the report, the approach was characterized by high sink rates, poor airspeed and aim-point control and poor runway alignment. At the last minute, the remote pilots tried to abort the landing but the rear stabilizers, known as tail planes, hit the ground and it was all over. There were no injuries or other damage.