Navy Drone Crashes In Maryland

A RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle, has crashed near Salisbury, Maryland.

NPR’s Larry Abramson reports the Navy says the drone was on a test flight out of Patuxtent Naval Air Station, when it crashed in a remote, swampy area. No injuries nor property damage have been reported.

The drone was one of five acquired “by the Navy for surveillance and intelligence use,” Larry tells our Newscast unit.

We’ll have more as this story develops.

Update at 3:58 p.m. ET. A Bit More On The Drone:

According to Designation Systems, the Northrop Grumman-made drone is huge and jet powered. The drone can fly for 36 hours, cover 11,730 nautical miles at an altitude of 65,000 feet. It has a 116-foot wingspan and weighs 25,600 pounds.

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