15 May '18, 11pm

Number of Air Force drone-related mishaps has remained steady since 2011

The Air Force sustained 271 Class A, B and C aviation mishaps involving unmanned aerial vehicles from fiscal 2011 to 2017, according to data obtained by Military Times. The number of mishaps has been mostly stable during that time , with an average of about 39 incidents per year. The service documented 43 mishaps involving drones in FY11, with the latest data showing 38 mishaps in FY17. However, there is no linear trend suggesting that the number of UAS mishaps is getting better or worse . Only 30 accidents were recorded in 2013, while 2015 was an exceptionally bad year, with 49 mishaps. That lack of trend line was the same among all classes of accidents, from the most serious Class A mishaps that incur $2 million or more in damages, the Class Bs that range from $500,000 up to $2 million, or Class C events that are more than $50,000 in value but less than $500,000. Air For...

Full article: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/aviation...

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