Unmanned aircraft deploys parachute, lands safely on Redstone Arsenal

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Officials at Redstone Arsenal say an anomaly during a test flight led to an unmanned aircraft deploying its parachute during testing this morning. The aircraft landed safely.

Chris Colster, Redstone Arsenal Garrison Spokesman, says an RQ-7B Shadow experienced an “anomaly” during an inclement weather test flight this morning. No one was hurt during the incident, and the cause is being investigated.

“This is not an unusual event as we often push our systems to and beyond their limits in order to observe how they perform,” said Colster. “The unplanned landing features of the Shadow worked as intended and the aircraft was safely recovered.”

The aircraft landed safely at Redstone Arsenal Army Airfield around 8:30 a.m.