SACRAMENTO — A sophisticated and expensive piece of military equipment crashed on Wednesday during a routine flight in Southern California.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk has been flying for 15 years. The high-altitude aircraft are used on surveillance missions around the world, costing roughly $220 million including development, CBS Sacramento reports.
The unmanned plane crashed east of Mount Whitney in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range at 1:45 p.m. local time. No injuries were reported.
The plane was on a non-operational flight from Edwards Air Force Base to its home station at Beale Air Force Base. The drone was being piloted by a crew in Palmdale, California.
“We call it in aviation ‘a chain of events,'” said Tom Burg, an aviation professor at Sacramento City College. “Sometimes