Regional
10:48 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Mexican Government Drone Crashes In El Paso

El Paso – Aviation officials in the United States are investigating a Mexican government drone that crashed in a yard in El Paso, Texas.

Keith Holloway with the National Transportation Safety Board says data is being collected about Tuesday's crash.

The El Paso Times reported Friday that Border Patrol Agent Ramiro Cordero says numerous agencies were involved in returning the unmanned drone to Mexico on Wednesday.

Holloway described the equipment as a mini orbiter aerial vehicle.

Jenny Burke with the Department of Homeland Security says the agency responded to a citizen's call and recovered the drone, which belongs to the Mexican government. She says Homeland Security worked with Mexico and other U.S. agencies to coordinate return of the drone.

Officials at the Mexican consul's office in El Paso did not immediately comment.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.