The crash of a government unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) off the coast of San Diego this week has highlighted the difficulty in integrating UAVs into the U.S. national airspace system, according to the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, prompted by the accident, has ‘grounded its fleet of nine remaining [UAVs] used to monitor borders and ports after operators had to guide an unmanned aircraft into the Pacific Ocean after a mechanical failure,’ notes an article by Bloomberg.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Sean Cassidy, first vice president and national safety coordinator for the ALPA, says the accident ‘shows the U.S. must move cautiously on integrating unmanned aircraft into the skies.’
The ALPA ‘doesn't want the introduction of unmanned aircraft to threaten the improving safety of airline operations,’ Cassidy tells Bloomberg.
The full article can be found here.