Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Drone Crashes On Highway In Florida; Second Crash In One Week
For the second time in a week, a Drone has been destroyed at Tyndall Air Force Base, WJHG.com reports.
The latest crash came Wednesday morning around 8:25 when the drone crashed alongside US 98 in the Silver Flag area on the east side of the base.
Eye witnesses say the QF 4 drone crashed while taking off, exploded and sent up a large black cloud.
Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will remain closed for up to 24 hours.
According to WJHG, the closure is being done because of a small self-destruct charge carried on board the drone. The status of this device is unknown. It is powered by a short-life battery which will be fully depleted in 24 hours.
The charge is used to destroy the drone if it leaves its pre-approved flight plan.
The previous drone crash, says WJHG, occurreds last Wednesdayover the Gulf of Mexico south of Cape San Blas in Gulf County..
This crash was seen by vacationers on Cape San Blas.
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