Military drone crashes near Fort Indiantown Gap

JONESTOWN, Pa. - An unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a school and a hotel in Lebanon County, military officials said.

No one was injured when the RQ-7 Shadow drone crashed around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and was run over by a civilian vehicle, said Joan Nissley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

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.

The drone weighs 375 pounds and has a 15-foot wingspan. 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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