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Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:24pm
White Sands National Monument closed until further notice — Holloman Air Force Base officials confirm that a QF-4 Drone crashed approximately four to five miles west of Runway 22 at White Sands National Monument shortly after 9:08 a.m. Friday.
The unmanned during was conducting a routine training mission at the time of the incident. White Sands National Monument was closed to the public previous to the crash in preparation for the test mission and will remain closed until further notice according to Air Force officials.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, and the Air Force will continue to investigate the incident.
The aircraft was assigned to Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, which is a tenant unit at Holloman assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group.