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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180510
Last updated: 21 September 2020
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Date:17-OCT-2015
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator
Owner/operator:432nd WG USAF (432nd WG United States Air Force)
Registration: 05-3136
C/n / msn: P-136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Muwafaqiya area in Wasit province -   Iraq
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
The drone crashed, due to a technical failure.

The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board Report was released in early November, 2016. The U$$ 5.2million aircraft (including munitions) crashed after electronic flight control component failure caused by a lightning strike. This cause was determined from manufacturer analysis of components from the recovered wreckage.

Sources:

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/photos-us-surveillance-drone-crashes-wasit-province-iraq/
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/06/military-times-aviation-database/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/drone-crashes/database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2016/101715_MQ1B_CENTCOM.pdf
Scramble (#438) / Air Forces Monthly (December 2015)
https://www.airforcemag.com/lightning-vs-predator/

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Oct-2015 08:40 gerard57 Added
19-Oct-2015 08:42 harro Updated [Embed code]
19-Oct-2015 12:29 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 19:45 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Mar-2020 14:20 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 14:21 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
14-Mar-2020 14:21 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:51 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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