This is why we can't have nice things. Recently declassified video footage from Northern Afghanistan shows that piloting a drone isn't nearly as easy as it seems, even when it's still on the ground.

During a night launch from Mazar-e-Sharif air base on March 17, 2010, an IAI Heron UAV got away from its pilot while taxiing for take-off and nearly ran down two handlers before slamming into the side of a C-160 Transport plane. Luckily, no one was hurt.


According to the newly-declassified report, the pilot was just out of training, accidentally engaged the autostart program and could not turn it off in time. Nothing like losing a $47 million piece of military hardware during your first week on the job, huh? [Bild Zeitung via UAS Vision]