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Spy Plane on Routine Flight to Beale Air Force Base Crashes Near Mt. Whitney

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE -- A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk crashed near Mt. Whitney about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

No injuries or deaths were reported in the crash.

The remotely piloted aircraft was assigned to a reconnaissance squadron at Beale Air Force Base and was on a routine flight from Edwards Air Force Base back to its home station when it crashed.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is capable of flying at high altitudes, for long periods of time. The aircraft provides all-weather, day or night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations.

The Air Force has 33 RQ-4 aircraft in total -- four of which are stationed at Beale Air Force Base. The RQ-4 has one of the best flight safety records and is considered one of the safest platforms in the Air Force Fleet. The last incident or crash of an RQ-4 was in 2012.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Stay with FOX40 and FOX40.com for updates on this developing story.