Department of Defense (DOD) file photo shows an unmanned Predator surveillance plane. A suspected US unmanned spy plane crashed Tuesday in a troubled Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan where Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants are active, officials said. (AFP/DoD-HO/File/Jeffrey S. Viano)
The officials said the unmanned aircraft was shot down late Tuesday in the village of Jalal Khel in South Waziristan after circling over the area for several hours. Its wreckage was strewn on the ground, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.