Drone crashes near Pennsylvania Lickdale Elementary School

Guardsmen pick up pieces of an unmanned aerial vehicle that crashed Thursday in front of Lickdale Elementary School. The Army National Guard was conducting training when the craft crashed. (Les Stewart — Lebanon Daily News)

LICKDALE >> An unmanned Pennsylvania Army National Guard drone crashed near Lickdale Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

The aerial vehicle, controlled by a remote operator, was part of a training exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, said Maj. Ed Shenk, public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania National Guard.

The craft experienced “a hard landing” and was run over by a civilian vehicle on Fisher Avenue in front of the school and the Comfort Inn, according to the Pennsylvania National Guard. No one was injured. The craft was destroyed.

National Guardsmen picked up pieces of the craft from the embankment and front lawn of the school at 40 Fisher Ave.

The accident happened about 3:15 p.m., he said.

The vehicle, known as the RQ-7 Shadow, weighs 375 pounds, is approximately 11 feet long and has a wing span of 14 feet, Shenk said.

He said the unmanned aerial vehicles operate out of Fort Indiantown Gap over the installation’s airspace.

Shenk said the National Guard does not know why the craft crashed, and the incident is under investigation.

Fort Indiantown National Gap Fire Co. and fire police were at the scene.

Source: LDNews

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