SAN ANGELO, Texas – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) experienced a nose-wheel collapse, resulting in a hard landing, on arrival at its home base on Mathis Field, San Angelo Regional Airport, on May 15. The hard landing resulted in the aircraft departing from the runway and coming to rest in the grass. The airport fire department arrived on scene within minutes and extinguished a fire on the aircraft. Initial damage assessment of the aircraft is extensive. There were no injuries resulting from the incident. A CBP AMO Accident Investigation Team has been activated as per CBP policy. AMO will pause flight operations at San Angelo until further notice.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.