Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public

Dec 5, 2013

New York's U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the investigation into the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone to be made public.

The Air Force is investigation the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper into Lake Ontario last month while on a training flight with the 174th Air Guard Wing, based out of Syracuse. Training flights resumed two weeks after the incident.

Schumer, a Democrat, says that's alright since most drones are safe.

"The overwhelming majority of these flights are safe," Schumer said while a visit to Syracuse Wednesday. "So I don't think we should stop drone flights, but I think we need a full investigation and whatever they find we ought to correct it so there aren't crashes again."

The investigation by an Air Force safety board is expected to take about a month. The Air National Guard said it resumed flights after a thorough review of its operations.