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Military drone crashes near Fort Indiantown Gap

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 4, 2014 3:30 AM
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(Jonestown) -- An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, has crashed near a Lebanon County school and a hotel.

State Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Joan Nissley say no one was injured when the RQ-7 Shadow drone crashed in Lebanon County around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and was run over by a civilian vehicle.

Nissley says the aircraft crashed during training operations at nearby Fort Indiantown Gap. It came down on Fischer Avenue, between Lickdale Elementary School and a Comfort Inn.

The drone weighs 375 pounds and has a 15-foot wingspan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Pennsylvania National Guard trains three brigades on the use of 12 drones at Fort Indiantown Gap.

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