US drone goes down in a ball of fire over North Waziristan

Published: February 25, 2012

The drone crashed in Machikhel area of North Wazirsitan. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

PESHAWAR / WASHINGTON: An unmanned US aircraft crashed in the Machikhel area of North Waziristan, officials said on Saturday.

The unmanned US drone crashed and fell in the Machikhel area of Mira Ali Tehsil, North Wazirstan due to what officials believe was a “technical failure”, though they could not offer a reason with complete authority.

“A drone aircraft was seen going down in Machikhel and flames were seen,” an intelligence official said.

However, locals told The Express Tribune that after the drone crashed, its debris caught fire.

It was still unclear what type of a drone it was.

The Express Tribune is presently trying to acquire more details on the crash.

Reuters adds

Taliban militants led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur said they had collected wreckage of the destroyed drone and would provide its pictures to the media on Sunday.

“The drone today in Machikhel was flying at low altitude and our fighters fired at and shot it down,” a local commander of the Taliban said. “We have trained people for such type of job.”

It is impossible to verify the militants’ account, security officials said.

At least two US drones had crashed in Pakistani territory in 2011. One small drone had crashed near Chaman, while a second had crashed in South Waziristan.

US denies drone was shot down

A US official, on condition of anonymity, has told The Express Tribune that reports of a drone being shot down in North Waziristan are untrue.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Feb 25, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Congratulations Pakistan, someone innocent wasn’t killed by this machine today

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  • WoW
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Iran hacked and captured an advanced US drone, has no diplomatic relations with US and infact threatens US every second day and still Americans too scared to attack Iran. Afghanistan is a dirt poor, war ravaged, US occupied state, yet the Leader of the First World and most powerful nation (atleast uptill now) quickly scrambled to apologised to Afghans within 3 days of the Holy Book’s desecration, Meanwhile we Pakistanis so called allies of the US, not only do we bear the brunt of drone attacks every 3 days, we cooperate with the US for 10 years, but after 24 soldiers killed in NATO attack and they still haven’t apologised 3 months on. Apparently Pakistanis blood is even cheaper than Afghan and Taliban blood.
    These liberals keep ‘advising’ us common Pakistan’s to not be so hostile to US and call Difa Pakistan crazy, but maybe it’s time we take a leaf or two out of Iran and Afghanistan’s rulebook..

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  • Saad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:41PM

    “The drone today in Machikhel was flying at low altitude and our fighters fired at and shot it down,” a local commander of the Taliban said. “We have trained people for such type of job.”

    yeah right!

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  • Pakistani
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:16AM

    Now its our Army job started to collect the rubble of drone and safely hand it over to U.S.

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  • KMR Overseas
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:47AM

    @Pakistani, you spot-on but I would add, 50 percent of the rubble will be delivered to U.S and rest to all weather friend (China for chicken soup).. ha ha

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  • Patriotic
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:26AM

    “A US official, on condition of anonymity, has told The Express Tribune that reports of a drone being shot down in North Waziristan are untrue.”- lol, so US officials won’t talk to the government but they’ll talk to ET? C’mon, we all know it’s just that last anonymity thing you just add to every story…

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  • Zahir Yousafzai
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:29AM

    How come Taliban collected Drone and openly talking to media and walking around there? Does this not justify Drone attacks there?Recommend

  • Isay ham nay giraya hai.... yeh drone tuhmara hai
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:31AM

    Inside info: It was downed. Hence the “ball of fire”.

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  • SoundofFury
    Feb 26, 2012 - 3:27AM

    American Military: Our toy plane went down, but do not worry we will send other relatively soon.

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  • mudassar.R
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:23AM

    “We have trained people for such type of job.”
    haha lolz…These people dont know the difference between truth and lies…

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:19AM

    Quick, sell the wreckage to the Chinese!!!

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  • Cautious
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Maybe they are used so much they got worn out? or maybe all the hot air in Islamabad created too much turbulence for it’s automated guidance system?

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 8:19AM

    So Taliban did what army could not do…
    Shame on Pakistan.
    and Good job Taliban

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 8:21AM

    @Pakistani:
    well said
    our army is left to collect the debris

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:43AM

    @Pakistani:
    US or China ?

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 10:50AM

    How right you are, my brother in Islam. This is a frank opinion.

    Yes my brother, our servile politicians sell their blood to the Americans for the worth of gutter water for whatever it is worth. They go further, by telling the Americans and Europeans that the common citizens’ blood is not blood but gutter water, so you can get more for the price of one worthless unit of exchange.

    Our leaders are invertebrate politicians and it is fearful that the PTI and MQM will also take their lead and behave similarly.

    Salams to Pakistan

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