Military Fighter Drone Crashes in New Mexico, Starts Grass Fire

A military fighter drone crashed Wednesday in southern New Mexico, Air Force officials said.

Roswell fire officials said they were told one person was on board the jet.

Holloman Air Force Base spokesman Tom Fuller confirmed the QF-4 jet went down, but he was unable to immediately release further details.

The plane crashed in the grasslands between Roswell and Artesia, sparking a fire that covered at least 80 acres, state forestry spokesman Dan Ware said.

No structures were threatened.

KOB-TV reported there was live ammunition aboard the plane, and rescue crews were being asked to approach the crash site with caution.

The QF-4 drone is used as a target for weapons testing. It can be flown by remote control or with a pilot.