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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181713
Last updated: 23 August 2020
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Date:24-NOV-2015
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - 451st Air Expeditionary Gp
Registration: 10-4114
C/n / msn: PB-114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Bagram Air Field -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kandahar Air Base
Destination airport:Kandahar Air Base
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board findings were publicly released on 11th July, 2016.

The US$ 9.93million Reaper crashed after starter generator failure 90 minutes into its sortie caused the NY ANG crew (from the 174th ATKW/138th ATKS) to transfer control to a local recovery site crew. However, the local crew had failed to calibrate their control station when they took over the aircraft - as a result of the temporary loss in contact the aircraft stalled and began to plummet toward the ground. In the time it took too revert control back to the Hancock Field crew the aircraft has sustained severe damage and was deemed unrecoverable. at which point the crew had to "put it into the ground"

Sources:

https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force-drone-crashes-in-afghanistan-1.380498
https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsus-reaper-uav-crashes-afghanistan-4737807
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/drone-crashes/database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2016/112425_MQ-9A_CENTCOM.pdf
Scramble (#439) / Air Forces Monthly (January 2016)
https://www.tyndall.af.mil/News/Article/833028/news-release/

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Nov-2015 14:08 plcedi Added
25-Nov-2015 14:09 harro Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Damage]
27-Nov-2015 07:57 plcedi Updated [Departure airport, Source, Damage]
04-Feb-2020 19:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Mar-2020 14:53 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 14:54 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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