RPA crashes in uninhabited area near Edwards AFB Published June 21, 2017 By SrA Benjamin Bugenig 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk crashed near Mount Whitney in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range at approximately 1:45 p.m. PST today. No injuries or deaths were reported. The remotely piloted aircraft was assigned to 12th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California, and was on a routine flight from Edwards Air Force Base en route to its home station when it crashed. The incident is currently under investigation. Additional details will be provided as they become available.