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Military drone crashes in Lebanon County

Drone crashes near school

JONESTOWN, Pa. - Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel.

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Joan Nissley said 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 said 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 near Jonestown.

The drone weighs 375 pounds, is approximately 11 feet long and has a 14-foot wingspan.

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

Military officials say the drone was a total loss and is worth $125,000.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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