Latvia's runaway drone rescued and brought home

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The unmanned aircraft which went missing in early May has been found safe and well in a forest in the vicinity of Garkalne, the Civil Aviation Agency told Latvian Radio on May 17.

The drone, missing since May 2, was spotted perched in the tree-tops and reported by an eyewitness on Friday, May 15.

Having received the information, experts of the Civil Aviation Agency and representatives of the owner company arrived on site. The National Fire and Rescue Service also had to be called for help, which must have made a novel change from rescuing cats. The drone was retrieved and transferred to the Civil Aviation Agency for investigation.

The information on the mysterious flight obtained from the drone data carrier is currently being analyzed. It has been found that the drone landed on May 2 at 19:48 and has been hanging around ever since.

The data obtained during the investigation will allow important questions to be answered, such as the causes of the interference in communication and navigation systems which led to the drone going Absent Without Leave in the first place.

Extensive searches had been conducted after the drone's disappearance, and Rīga airspace was even briefly closed.

Meanwhile the drone's bid for freedom captured the public imagination, not least because of a Twitter account, which had sprung up during its travels, which now says the aircraft has quit experimenting with the authorities and decided to come home.

Welcome home, dear drone!

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