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Last updated: 22 July 2020
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Date:25-JUN-2014
Time:12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator
Owner/operator:432nd WGp USAF (432nd WGp United States Air Force)
Registration: 99-3057
C/n / msn: P-057
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Paimori region, Sheber district, Bamyan province, north of Jalalabad -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:JAA / OAJL
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
The drone crashed into a mountain as a result of severe turbulence and a turbocharger failure. No one was injured.
The findings of the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board were publicly released on 8th January, 2015. The US$ 4.82 millions aircraft was destroyed after striking a mountain after a slow descent and the effect of turbulence forcing the aircraft lower than expected during an attempt to recover to Jalalabad. The exact cause of the turbocharger failure could not be determined as the wreckage was not recoverable.

Sources:

http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/security/item/12971-drone-plane-crashed-in-bamyan.html
http://drone-rss.com/2015/01/mq-1b-predator-accident-report/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2015/062514_MQ1B_Afghanistan.pdf
Scramble (429) Air Forces Monthly (February 2015)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/drone-crashes/database/
https://www.defensenews.com/2015/01/08/air-force-turbulence-turbocharger-failure-caused-june-predator-crash/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jun-2014 07:19 gerard57 Added
24-Jun-2015 11:06 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2015 11:36 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type]
08-Mar-2020 17:59 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2020 18:00 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
20-Apr-2020 20:56 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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