Drone Manufacturer: Insitu
Drone Model: ScanEagle
Pilot Qualifications: Unknown Status
Pilot Flight Experience: Unknown Hours
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The investigation found that the blockage in the pitot-static system resulted in unreliable airspeed data being supplied to the autopilot. Unreliable airspeed data led to the X200 entering an aerodynamic stall at a height that was insufficient for recovery.
During the pre-flight checks, there were opportunities for the erroneous airspeed indications to be identified. However, they were not recognised by the crew or flagged by the ground control station.