KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ An unmanned U.S. military aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Friday after developing a mechanical failure, U.S. military statement said.
The U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned drone crashed 60 miles northeast of the city of Jalalabad in a remote area. There were no indications it was shot down, the statement from U.S. Central Command Air Force said.
The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remote-controlled aircraft.
The U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan rely heavily on the use of airpower for surveillance and attacks on the resurgent Taliban and other militants in the country.