Witnesses React to Drone Crash

By: Cameron Taylor Email
By: Cameron Taylor Email

There were a lot of people who got a very close look at Wednesday morning's drone crash. Some saw the aircraft in-flight before impact, others saw the subsequent plume of smoke.

One witness recorded a video of the smoke from the crash on his cell phone early Wednesday morning.

"I've been down there to fishing up at the head of the bay and i was coming out of the woods, i just happened to look up and a big ball of smoke started rising right there at the end of the runway," said Michael Kay

Kay says he was about a quarter mile away from the scene and knew what had happened.

"I knew what it was pretty much. I figured a drone had done crashed again. It ain't the first time," said Kay.

Another witness who saw the crash gave NewsChannel 7 several pictures he took as he was driving from Mexico Beach to Panama City.

"It didn't hit the road, but it was awfully close for that kind of smoke plume to actually rise by 98," said Kirk Pennak.

In the pictures the smoke starts to get bigger.

"We're used to seeing sometimes smoke clouds because sometimes they'll do little bomb tests and things like that, but this was somewhat unusual," said Pennak.

It's the smoke witnesses say they can't get out of their mind.

"All of that black smoke. You know, a lot of smoke was blowing up," said Kay.

Tyndall officials say they're not sure if the self-destruct device on-board the drone is still activated, but they're treating the situation as if it is active.

Tyndall officials have closed down Highway 98 for 24 hours until the battery life on the drone runs out.

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