The MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aerial vehicle of U.S. Africa Command made an emergency landing near the town of Agadez in Niger on January 23.
“The aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction while conducting a routine mission in support of operations in the region,” Military Times quoted Air Force Col. Christopher Karns as saying over the incident.
US forces were deployed to the area to secure and recover the aircraft after the incident.
“Assessment and the process of recovery of the aircraft and safeguarding the site is underway. Due to force protection and operational considerations this is about all I can say. Early indications reflect a mechanical issue but an investigation is underway.”
— Wassim Nasr (@SimNasr) January 24, 2021