Military Drone Crashes Beside Elementary School

An unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the Marine Tactical Reconnaissance Unit crashed and burned in grassland next to an elementary school in Pingtung County this morning. No injuries were reported.

Students and teachers of the Pinghe campus of WuTan Elementary School in Taiwu Township were alerted to the sound of a crash and explosion at around 11:00am. Witnesses reported a fireball seen on the slope around 100 meters from the campus. Firefighters extinguished a fire caused by the crash.

Naval Command said that the UAV was on a routine training mission when it crashed for unknown reasons. An ad hoc group has been formed to cooperate with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash. In the meantime, UAV flights and training missions have been suspended.

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