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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210904
Last updated: 8 January 2021
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Date:02-MAR-2013
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator
Owner/operator:27th SOW /3rd SOS USAF (27th SOW /3rd SOS United States Air Force)
Registration: 04-3133
C/n / msn: P-133
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:7nmiles southwest of Kandahar Air Base -   Afghanistan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:KDH / OAKN
Destination airport:KDH / OAKN
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
During landing approach after a 21 hour mission from/to Kandahar AB the MQ-1B impacted the ground around 7nautical miles southwest of the airfield whilst being flown by the locally-based 451st AEW/62nd ERS launch and recovery element.

The Special Operations Command Accident Investigation Board report found that a malfunction of the secondary control module caused abnormal flight control inputs to be sent to the left ruddervator putting the aircraft into an unrecoverable spin. The US$ 4.6million aircraft was destroyed upon impact.

Sources:

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/06/military-times-aviation-database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2013/030213_MQ-1B_Kandahar.pdf
Air Forces Monthly (September 2013)


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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-May-2018 21:10 ASN archive
07-Mar-2020 09:06 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Mar-2020 09:06 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
11-Mar-2020 16:01 DG333 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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