During Day 9, First Lieutenant Chris Tanner was piloting an MQ-1 Predator from Lower Heyford Air Force Base, he provided aerial reconnaissance for a U.S. military convoy at the Kajaki Province, outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan. After finished his mission, Tanner was about to fly away when someone started controlling the drone remotely. Although Tanner tried to regain control and abort, the drone armed itself and fired at the convoy's armored vehicle, which was led by Major Shepherd. Four airmen died as a result of the attack.("Day 9: 11:00am-12:00pm")
While Tanner was blamed for the attack, Jack Bauer and Kate Morgan were able to exonerate him by using data from his flight key to prove that the drone had been hijacked. This evidence caused President James Heller to ground the drone fleet, but not before Margot Al-Harazi gained control of six drones. ("3:00pm-4:00pm")
Background information and notesEdit
- Although Tanner says he was piloting the MQ-1 Predator, the drone seen during the episode and in the schematics bares more resemblance to a Northrop Grumman X-47B.