UPDATE: Some Debris Recovered from MQ-9 Reaper Drone that Crashed in Lake Ontario
Some debris from the MQ-9 Reaper drone that crashed in Lake Ontario has been recovered, although parts of it remain missing.
According to officials with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, witnesses reported seeing debris along the shoreline. Although the drone was still reported missing a day later, members of the 174th Attack Wing Emergency Operations Center were sent to the location. The NYS DMNA says military personnel recovered some of the debris on November 14, 2013.
The accident is being investigated by a United States Air Force Safety Investigation Board that will further examine the case and attempt to determine the cause of the crash and make recommendations to prevent a recurrence. Officials say that the results of the report will not be released publicly.
A publicly releasable report will, however, be made available from an Accident Investigation Board investigation that will be less detailed with respect to military intelligence and security information and will focus more on issues of the public safety issues resulting from an accident of this nature.
The MQ-9 Reaper crashed on November 12, 2013. The cost of each Reaper, manufactured by General Atomics for the USAF, is estimated to be between $14 and $17 million.