A combination of bad navigational software and timing led to the November crash of the MQ-9 Reaper drone crash into Lake Ontario, the Air Force colonel who investigated the crash said.
“It was kind of a perfect storm that this thing happened,” said Col. Dana A. Hessheimer, who oversaw an Air Force Accident Investigation Board whose 21-page report about the incident was released July 1.
Within two days of the Nov. 12 incident, he said, the Air Force issued a servicewide notice to remedy the unspecified software problem.
“They corrected that right away,” Col. Hessheimer said, later comparing the notice to the safety recalls of automaker General Motors. [Read more...]