Today a Washington Post exclusive revealed that more than 400 "large" U.S. drones—costing millions of dollars each—have crashed since 2001 in serious accidents. The report raises concerns about commercial drone use and the use of drones in civilian airspace.
Agencies like the CIA had been flying unarmed drones over Afghanistan since 2000, but it wasn’t until after 9/11 that they started flying armed drones, according to The Nation.
For the year-long investigation the Post pored over 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and discovered that most of the drones fell from the skies because of bad weather and human error. Even though accident rates have gradually dropped in the past 10 years, military officials admit in the article that drones will "never be as safe as commercial jetliners."