” Oswego (WSYR-TV) – The Air National Guard says the search for a MQ-9 Reaper drone that crashed into Lake Ontario early Tuesday afternoon has been suspended due to weather.
The Coast Guard has dispatched a 47-foot vessel from Oswego and a helicopter from Buffalo to aid in the search. Both have night capabilities.
All local 174th flying operations have temporarily been suspended as the investigation gets underway.
According to Col. Semmel, the reaper was in the air for approximately three hours before it crashed into the water during a training exercise, 20 miles north of the Port of Oswego and 12 miles west of the shoreline around 1 p.m. on Tuesday. “
” Officials say there were no weapons or hazardous materials on the craft and say no one was injured during the incident.
Col. Semmel confirms that the craft remained in approved military airspace after it took off from Fort Drum, the only location in the region where the MQ-9 Reaper is currently allowed to depart.
The drones are also cleared to fly over parts of Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison counties during training exercises.”