375-Pound Military Drone Crashes Near Pennsylvania Elementary School

Julie Telgenhoff

A 375 Pound U.S. military drone crashed near a Pennsylvania elementary school on Thursday afternoon.
The Lebanon Daily News identified the 375 Pound drone as a RQ-7 Shadow, operated by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Soldiers prepare to launch an RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicle (not the particular one described in this story) at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq on April 6, 2011.

Soldiers prepare to launch an RQ-7B unmanned aerial vehicle (not the particular one described in this story) at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq on April 6, 2011.

After losing power in flight, the drone experienced a “hard landing” near the Lickdale Elementary School outside of Harrisburg, Pa. The 375 Pound drone luckily missed plunging into a car and possibly injuring passengers but instead, the car ran over it, according to local news reports.
The drone, a RQ-7 Shadow, is 11 feet long and has a wingspan of 14 feet. It reportedly costs $150,000, and was completely damaged in the collision — a “total loss.”
The cause of the incident is still unclear, but Maj. Ed Shank, a spokesman for Fort Indiantown Gap, a U.S. Army post just a few miles from the elementary school, said it is under investigation. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard regularly conducts training operations with RQ-7 drones out of Fort Indiantown.
Aerial view of the area where the drone crashed.
Aerial view of the area where the drone crashed.
One resident quoted by a local ABC station said:
“I have listened to it for the past couple of years and I was a little unsteady with it going over my house because look what happens,” said Lisa Cooper, who lives right down the street from the scene of the crash.
Luckily, no one was injured and no other serious damage was reported, but this does raise concern since the FAA projects that as many as 30,000 drones are set to invade US skies by 2030.
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