Jan 28, 2014 3:03 PM

Border Patrol grounds its drone fleet after crash is reporting the Customs and Border Protection has grounded its fleet of drones.

The move comes after a drone crashed off the California coast Monday night, according to the story on

The drone was patrolling 20 miles off the coast at about 11:15 p.m. Monday. CBP spokesman Michael Friel said the Predator B drone experienced mechanical issues and operators crashed it into the ocean when it became clear it couldn't return to Sierra Vista, Ariz.

As a result, the agency has grounded its entire fleet, now down to nine drones.

Federal flight crash investigators were notified.


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