- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The military will finally clean up the site where a drone aircraft crashed in 2014 at White Sands National Monument.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1Wd8cu2) the crash at Dunes Drive caused jet fuel to spill and closed the popular area of the park.

Department of Defense acting assistant secretary Peter J. Potochney told Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., during an April 7 meeting that the situation is now being watched very carefully.

He did not lay out a timeline and said contracts for the work have not been finalized.

Udall says the long process has frustrated officials and residents.

The crash occurred during a routine training mission involving a Vietnam War-era aircraft converted to fly as a drone.

Officials closed the monument ahead of the training exercise and no one was hurt.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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