Army drone that went missing in Arizona is found in Colorado

An RQ-7Bv2 Shadow lands after its first flight at the Cannon Air Defense Complex in Yuma, Ariz., March 26. The Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371 and MWSS-274 supported Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 1 by building a runway in preparation for the first flight of the Shadow at the site. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Travis Gershaneck /Released)

The drone that was lost by the U.S. Army during a training mission on Jan. 31 at Fort Huachuca has been found in Colorado.

The Shadow RQ-7Bv2 unmanned aircraft was launched from Hubbard Landing Zone on the fort’s east range and lost connection with the ground station.

Nine days later, a hiker found the $1.5 million Shadow drone stuck in a tree in the mountains west of Denver, according to CBS news.

Soldiers from nearby Fort Carson helped with the recovery of the drone, which was found missing a wing.

The training in Arizona was being conducted with the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Officials originally believed the disintegrated when it crashed somewhere in the local area.

How the drone made it almost 850 miles from the southern Arizona Army base is under investigation, but officials said the aircraft has a flying time of nine hours.

The aircraft was part of a training mission that was conducted by the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, said officials.

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