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DENVER (AP) — The purpose of recent nighttime drone flights over northeast Colorado has remained a mystery to authorities who are trying to learn the identities of the operators.
The drones have flown over Phillips and Yuma counties for the last week, the Denver Post reported Monday.
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The Phillips County Sheriff’s Office cannot explain where the drones are coming from or who is flying them.
The Federal Aviation Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army Forces Command said they do not have information about the aircraft.
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The group of at least 17 drones have estimated wing spans of 6 feet (1.8 meters) and fly between 7 and 10 p.m., Phillips County Sheriff Thomas Elliott said.
The drones remain about 200 to 300 feet (61 to 91 meters) in the air and fly steadily in square patterns of about 25 miles (40 kilometers), Elliott said.
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“They’ve been doing a grid search, a grid pattern,” Elliott said. “They fly one square and then they fly another square.”
An FAA spokesman said drone pilots are not required to file flight plans...
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