College Student's $350K Drone Delivered by UPS Is Returned

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:21 AM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A college student who mistakenly received a $350k drone in the mail this week has reportedly returned the government package to UPS.

The mix-up happened Tuesday when parts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Puma drone were "misdelivered" to the student. The package, sent from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was supposed to be delivered to a Marine sanctuary in Massachusetts, NOAA spokesman David Miller told Vice.com.

"We sent one of our Puma unmanned aircraft systems to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts," he said. "We sent a set of about eight boxes for this one aircraft system, and one was misdelivered by UPS . . . We did not mail the package to the wrong address — the error occurred on the part of UPS."

Editor's Note: 10 Secret Ways to Make Big Money Like Warren Buffett

The student, who claims the box had his name and address printed on it, opened the package expecting to see a weightlifting bench he had ordered, but instead found parts of the drone, which NOAA uses for aerial observation.




"We're still investigating what happened, but it's true that we had a misdelivery," a UPS spokesperson told NBC News. "We've already reacquired the package and will get it to the intended recipient."

The $350k drone delivery mistake went viral online after the college student posted about it on social news site Reddit.

"Nothing on the outside of the crate said it was government property. I had ordered a weightlifting bench [which I received] and this came with it," the student wrote under the user name Seventy_Seven. "Both boxes has UPS labels with my name and address. Though an odd box, I genuinely thought it was parts for the bench I ordered, since I wasn’t expecting a freaking drone."

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Baby Jesus Stolen From Church Nativity, Replaced by Severed Pig Head

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, someone stole baby Jesus from a Massachusetts church's nativity sc . . .

Transit Officers Help Deliver Baby on Philly Subway on Christmas Day

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 18:03 PM

Two Philadelphia transit police officers helped to deliver a baby on Christmas day after the mother's water broke on a s . . .

Mall of Georgia Flash Mob Wedding Takes Bride by Surprise (Video)

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 17:39 PM

A bride planning to take photos was surprised at the Mall of Georgia with a flash mob and a wedding, all arranged by her . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved