A Predator drone, costing well north of $4 million, crashed about six miles from Holloman Air Force Base yesterday shortly before 2:00 p.m. local time.
The General Atomics made, remotely piloted, MQ-1B was assigned to the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron at White Sands Missile Range and was on a routine training mission at the time of the crash.
As of late yesterday, crews had not reached the crash site; there are no roads in the area.
All-terrain vehicles and officials on-foot were deployed through the dunes to recover any sensitive equipment that was onboard the aircraft. Until the crews were able to reach the site, it was unknown if the drone was salvageable or if was a total loss.
This is the seventh reported drone crash out of Holloman since 2004.
Additional information is available to media sources by contacting Arlan Ponder, Media Relations for Holloman and White Sands Missile Range. Base Operator: 575-572-1110.
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