in Content > Safety
print the content item

A $250,000 law enforcement drone has crashed into a lake in Texas.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) says that during an exercise, the approximately 49-pound ShadowHawk, manufactured by Vanguard Defense Industries, plunged into Lake Conroe after a malfunction, according to an article by the Houston Chronicle.

Consequently, divers are scouring the lake bottom in hopes of recovering the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The MCSO purchased the aircraft in 2011 using a federal grant. Law enforcement officials use the UAV, which is equipped with a camera and infrared scanning device, for emergency management, missing-person searches and observation of police activities.

The full Houston Chronicle article is available here.

Photo courtesy of Vanguard Defense Industries

Do you anticipate visiting or using one of the FAA's UAS test sites this year?

Maybe in 2015

Total Votes: 29
Previous polls