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.
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.
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.