Cannon drone damaged

CMI staff

A remotely piloted aircraft, known as an MQ-9 Reaper, was damaged during a routine training flight Tuesday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to the base’s public affairs office. 7-26-reaper-drone

“An investigation has been initiated into the cause of the incident, which took place on the runway,” Marcelo Calero of Cannon public affairs stated in an email. “No other aircraft were involved.”

“Currently we have not received any reports of injuries nor damage sustained to property besides the (remotely piloted aircraft) involved,” the email stated.

No other details were available at press time.

Reapers are part of the 33rd Special Operations Squadron, which was activated at Cannon in July 2009.

According to a fact sheet on Cannon’s website, the reaper is 36 feet long with a wing span of 66 feet and cost about $14 million.

They are armed with Hellfire missiles, have a cruising speed of 230 mph, a range of more than 1,000 miles and a top altitude of 50,000 feet.

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