Air Force unmanned aircraft crashes near Gilby; no injuries

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An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data. Air Force and Navy officials met to discuss joint training with the RQ-4. (Courtesy photo)

An unmanned and remotely piloted U.S. Air Force aircraft crashed in a rural field near Gilby as it was returning to the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Authorities say the Air Force RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk crashed at about 7 a.m. Friday.

There were no people on board and no reported injuries.

A fire that happened after the crash was put out, and an investigation is underway.

The public is being asked to avoid the area, as it is now the site of an active military investigation.

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