A drone from Fort Drum has crashed in eastern Lake Ontario.
The drone -- one of four based at Fort Drum -- was operated remotely from near Syracuse.
Coast Guard officials were searching the Mexico Bay area of Lake Ontario.
He put the value at more than a "couple of a million" dollars. All flying operations of the 174th have been suspended for the time being.
"The mission was going as advertised, up to the point where we did lose control of the airplane," he said.
"We have no reports of any injuries or damage to civilian property at this time," Semmel said.
"It's as safe of an airplane as any other plane that the Air Force flies," he said, "and that should keep the confidence in the process ongoing of us with the goal of flying off of Hancock field."
Semmel said simulated weapons, training devices, were on board the drone.
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY