Air Force drone crashes in Nevada, no injuries

A $53.5 million, unmanned Air Force drone crashed at a…

A $53.5 million, unmanned Air Force drone crashed at a remote location in Nevada during a nighttime training exercise, but there were no injuries, authorities said.

Air Force officials said the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft came down on the Nevada Test and Training Range west of Hiko, in south-central Nevada, on Wednesday night. The cause of the crash has not been determined.

“We’re really grateful that nobody was injured,” said Benjamin Newell, a spokesman at Nellis Air Force Base, in Las Vegas. A board of officers will investigate the accident, he added.

Described as a “remotely piloted hunter/killer weapon system” on the Air Force website, the drone was participating in a combat training mission as part of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Mission Employment phase.

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