TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida (WKRG) -An unmanned Air Force QF-4 drone, assigned here to the 53rdWeapons Evaluation Group, crashed on the runway during take-offat 8:25 a.m. Wednesday. No personnel were injured during the incident.
Base and local police and safety officials have closed Highway 98 andare anticipating that it will remain closed for up to 24 hours.
Thisclosure is being done strictly as a precautionary measure, due to firesresulting from the crash and a small self-destruct charge carried onboard the drone. The status of this device is unknown. However, it ispowered by a short-life battery which will be fully depleted in 24hours.
The charge is used to destroy the drone if it leaves itspre-approved flight plan. Motorists traveling from Panama City to MexicoBeach, should use Hwy. 22 east to Hwy. 71 south, and from Mexico Beachto Panama City Hwy. 71 north to Hwy. 22 west.
The QF-4 is also known as the Vietnam-era Phantom fighter jet. The Air Force currently uses these jets as unmanned remote-controlled drones for training purposes.