A large, unmanned aircraft that was being tested by the military crashed in a marsh near Salisbury, Maryland Md., in Dorchester County on Monday, according to the U.S. Navy.
The Navy said the RQ-4A Global Hawk crashed during a flight training session, and but that no one was killed or injured, and there was no property damaged in the incident. An F-18 fighter jet pilot confirmed that the drone went down.
“Navy and regional authorities quickly responded to the crash scene, where cleanup of the site is underway. Navy officials are investigating the cause of the crash,” a statement from the Navy.
The 44-foot-long Global Hawk drone is one of five acquired by the Navy from the Air Force.
Global Hawk drones, made by the Northrop Grumman aerospace technology company, are used as high-altitude surveillance aircraft similar to the formerly used U-2 or the SR-71 Blackbird that were respectively used in the 1950s and 1960s.
It costs approximately $176 million to build, according to CNN, citing Government Accountability Office figures in 2010.
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