A Chinese drone tracked the movements of a US journalist as she flew across the country’s border in September.
The device, called a Lojack Tracking Device, was detected when a US Navy helicopter flew over the area in a routine patrol, the US Air Force said in a statement.
“The Lojack was located within approximately 20 feet of the US Navy aircraft in the vicinity of the location where the journalist was traveling on September 6,” the statement said.
“A Lojack-equipped aircraft was able to detect the Lojack at a distance of approximately 5 miles (8km), and in the process, the LoJack detected the US aircraft that was following the journalist.”
As the Lojacks proximity to the aircraft caused it to be detected by the Lojak, the American aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in order to avoid the Lojaks proximity and the resulting collision.
“While the Lojam failed to detect a US aircraft, the journalist did not make any attempt to avoid detection by the US crew.”
A Lojack is a small, high-tech device that can monitor and identify the movement of drones.
The devices can be used to identify the presence of a target or to pinpoint the location of a person in an area.
The US Airforce said in its statement that the Lojab was operated by an unnamed company in China and that it was a US-made device.
“We are aware of the incident and are in the initial stages of conducting a thorough investigation, which may include obtaining additional data,” the US said.
In a statement, Lojack said it had been contacted by US authorities but declined to comment further.
“At this time, we are unable to comment on the matter at this time,” the company said.
The incident is a reminder of the dangers of drone surveillance and the need to make it more secure, according to Jennifer Lynch, a former US ambassador to China.
“It’s not a matter of just the US government, but the whole world.
The world needs to be very wary,” she told Al Jazeera.”
If you’re not careful with what you do, the Chinese will take notice.”
Lojack’s proximity to a US military helicopter, the only aircraft within range, was likely due to the fact that the journalist had been tracking the drone, she said.
A Lojam can only be activated when it is detected by a human pilot, and is only effective when within 5 miles of the drone.
The Lojam was not detected when the US helicopter flew close to the drone during the routine patrol.
The journalist was flown to a hospital in Beijing after the incident.
She is expected to recover, the airline said.US Senator John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the incident should serve as a reminder to all countries around the world to be on the lookout for Chinese drones.
“In the coming weeks and months, China will continue to use technology and cyber capabilities to try to intimidate and control its neighbours,” he said in an emailed statement.