Second drone in a week crashes at Tyndall Air Force Base, closing highway
For the second time in a week, a Drone has been destroyed at Tyndall Air Force Base.
The latest crash came Wednesday morning around 8:25 when the drone crashed alongside US 98 in the Silver Flag area on the east side of the base.
Eye witnesses say the QF 4 drone crashed while taking off, exploded and sent up a large black cloud.
Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 and are anticipating that it will remain closed for up to 24 hours. This closure is being done strictly as a precautionary measure due to fires resulting from the crash and a small self-destruct charge carried on board the drone. The status of this device is unknown however, it is powered by a short-life battery which will be fully depleted in 24 hours.
The charge is used to destroy the drone if it leaves its pre-approved flight plan.
Read more at WJHG's website.
An unmanned QF-4 drone flies over the over Gulf of Mexico in 1998. Use of these former fighter jets as remote controlled drones gives pilots a realistic target during training missions. U.S. Air Force photo