Thursday, July 26, 2012

Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic, U.N. report says

Source: The Washington Post

The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia,which prepared the new report,said that it considered the use of drones in that country “a potential violation of the arms embargo” because the aircraft are “exclusively military” in nature.

In addition, the U.N. report presented evidence of two incidents in which aircraft believed to be drones nearly caused catastrophes.

The first occurred Nov. 13, when a small surveillance drone fitting the description of a Raven flew dangerously close to large fuel depots in Mogadishu kept by the United Nations and African Union. U.N. officials said it was unclear who was operating the drone.

The second incident happened Jan. 9, when a drone flying above Mogadishu nearly collided with a Boeing 737 transport plane carrying more than 100 African Union soldiers.

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