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Unmanned aircraft from Beale AFB crashes in Sierra

An unmanned aircraft assigned to Beale Air Force Base crashed Wednesday afternoon in an uninhabited area near Mount Whitney.

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk crashed about 1:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Air Force’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale.

No deaths or injuries were reported.

The remotely piloted aircraft was assigned to the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale and was on a routine flight from Edwards Air Force Base en route to its home station in Yuba County when the crash occurred, the news release said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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