US 98 at Tyndall Blocked Due to Drone Crash

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email
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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.

Officials say the charge is used to destroy the drone if it leaves its pre-approved flight plan.

Officials say that because they aren't sure if this self-destruct charge has not yet been activated, crews are waiting for 24 hours before they begin clearing the wreckage. After 24 hours, the self-destruct charge battery will die and crews will not be in danger of the device going off.

Motorist traveling from Panama City to Mexico Beach, should use Hwy. 22 east to Hwy. 71 south, and from Mexico Beach to Panama City Hwy. 71 north to Hwy. 22 west.

The last drone crash was last Wednesday morning when Tyndall destroyed a drone over the Gulf of Mexico south of Cape San Blas in Gulf County.

Base officials tell us that crash was intentional after they had tried numerous times to land the drone but felt that it would have put civilians in danger.

They say they safest choice was to blow the drone up in a secure position over the Gulf.

This crash was seen by vacationers on Cape San Blas.


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