WEB DESK – The members of local community and activists of civil liberties feeling irked as a military drone crashed landed near an elementary school in the US states of Pennsylvania.
According to the details published in American and international media, the drone was an RQ-7 Shadow and 11 feet long with a 14 foot wingspan that crashed near a school in Lebanon county.
However, why it was flying in the air above Lickdale Elemantary School is unknown.
The 375-pound craft endured what officials called a ‘hard landing’ before being run over by a civilian vehicle. No one was hurt in the incident, but the drone – reportedly worth $150,000 – was a ‘total loss’ and rendered useless after slamming into the ground.
“Here at Fort Indiantown Gap, that’s the first time something like this has happened,” a military representative Major Shank told in a media talks.
“When it does happen we investigate it very thoroughly to figure out what happened and then let the public know and let our own aviators know so that it doesn’t happen again.” he added.
Local affiliates reported that the US Army and Marine Corps are known to use such aircraft for reconnaissance and surveillance overseas. Without elaborating, spokesman Shank maintained that the drone that went down was engaged in “training exercises.”