460-pound drone flown by Arkansas Army National Guard crashed in Lavaca

During a training exercise, a 460-pound military drone flown by Army National Guard crashed in Lavaca city limits on Tuesday.

460-pound drone flown by Arkansas Army National Guard crashed in Lavaca

According to witnesses, a 460-pound military drone crashed within the city limits of Lavaca on Tuesday afternoon.

The crashed drone was recovered by search crews near the Lavaca Senior Center around 12:30 p.m., according to 5 News Online.

The drone that crashed is an RQ7 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a wingspan of 20 feet and a weight of 460 pounds. The drone came from Fort Chaffee, which is a nearby military base. The aircraft belongs to the Arkansas Army National Guard 39th Infantry Brigade, who is currently training at Fort Chaffee.

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The drone was not armed and was merely used for observation purposes said Capt. Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the drone crash is under investigation.

A press release from the Arkansas National Guard stated that the drone was remotely piloted by soldiers and was on a routine training mission over Fort Chaffee when it lost the connection.

People neat the Lavaca Public Schools saw the RQ-7 Shadow drone go down. The Arkansas National Guard says it does not fly the RQ-7 purposely off the installation. The drone proceeded to fly outside the perimeter of Fort Chaffee and crashed a short time later.

The drone incident is under investigation and a team of the Army National Guard has secured the mishap site and is recovering the aircraft.

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