Air Force Drone Crash Closes Panhandle Highway

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Associated Press Release

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) -- A remote stretch of Florida Panhandle highway is closed after an Air Force drone crashed near the area.

Tyndall Air Force Base says the QF-4 drone crashed on takeoff early Wednesday. No one was injured in the crash.

The Air Force shut down portions of Highway 98 around Panama City and Mexico Beach because of fires from the crash. Officials say the drone has a limited, 24 hour, battery life and will be inactive after the battery is depleted.

Officials say the remote stretch of highway could remain closed for up to 24 hours.

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