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Army surveillance drone crashed at Volk Field, nobody hurt, officials say

An RQ-7 Shadow 200 is launched on its initial flight at Volk Field Wednesday (Aug. 11). Members of Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 32nd Brigade, conducted the flight to test frequency compatability between the Army National Guard unit and the Air National Guard control tower. An $8 million training and storage facility for Company B is planned at Volk Field, with construction estimated to conclude in December 2012. Wisconsin National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Vaughn R. Larson

An unmanned Army drone crashed during a training flight near Volk Field on Wednesday, the aircraft sustaining heavy damage but nobody was hurt in the crash.

The RQ-7 Shadow, a drone used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, crashed at about 2:30 p.m., in trees south of Interstate 90/94 and north of Highway 12 between Oakdale and Camp Douglas in west-central Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin National Guard said the aircraft lost its data link with the operator at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center when it was northwest of Volk Field, the aircraft then flying south as is descended into trees.

Local law enforcement and helicopters from the Nebraska Army National Guard training at Volk Field searched for the drone, ultimately being found and secured from the public.

The drone was being operated by a platoon from Company D, 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion in the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The crash remains under investigation.


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