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The Army Is Missing A Missile In Upstate New York

If you see something, definitely say something.

Hellfire missiles aren't something you'd want to find lying around.

Luckily, this isn't one of them. Army officials at Fort Drum in northern New York are asking the public's help tracking down an inert training missile that fell off an Apache helicopter during a training mission Friday, according to The Post-Standard.

The 64-inch dummy device, built to mimic the deadly Hellfire, fell somewhere over upstate New York. Officials wouldn't release the flight path the helicopter took that day, though the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Apache was reportedly headed to the New York Air Show as part of a training mission.

The missing M36 Captive Flight Training Missile looks live, but won't explode. It's not motorized and doesn't contain any explosives, according to Ars Technica.

Usually, dummy missiles are used to simulate the weight of a real missile during training exercises. It's unclear how this one fell off the chopper, however, because it's not designed to be fired or dropped like a live Hellfire missile.

Other helicopters have been scrambled over the past few days in search for the dummy projectile, the Post-Standard reports. Officials at Fort Drum didn't immediately return calls for comment from The Huffington Post.

The missile may not be a danger to the public, but that doesn't mean you should touch it if you come across it. The Army asks that anyone with information on the missile's whereabouts call Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division Operations Center at 315-772-6324.

 

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