The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), has released a statement saying that one of its armed MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones, carrying a Hellfire missile, malfunctioned over Niger, Africa.

The drone made an emergency landing near Agadez, Niger, on Saturday according to a military spokesman.

This is the second mishap in the U.S. drone fleet in Niger in the past year. In February 2020, an MQ-1C Gray Eagle had crashed after a mechanical malfunction. 

AFRICOM’s spokesman, Air Force Colonel Christopher Karns, said in a statement to Military Times, “The aircraft experienced a mechanical malfunction while conducting a routine mission in support of operations in the region.”