MQ-9 REAPER CRASHES NEAR HOLLOMAN

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line prior to takeoff at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 13, 2015. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Kenney/Released)

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line prior to takeoff at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 13, 2015. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Kenney/Released)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

An unmanned MQ-9 Reaper crashed at approximately 11:30 a.m. today, May 2, seven miles south of Highway 70.

First responders are on the scene at this time. The public is asked to cooperate with all military and civilian personnel at the scene.

A board of qualified officers will investigate the cause of the accident.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

For more information on Holloman or on-going operations, please contact the 49th Wing Public Affairs Office at 575-572-5406. Additional photos and fact sheets on the MQ-9 can also be found at the Holloman Web site at www.holloman.af.mil.