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Last updated: 22 February 2021
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Date:12-DEC-2014
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:432nd WG USAF (432nd WG United States Air Force)
Registration: 11-4144
C/n / msn: PB-144
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Afghanistan -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kandahar Air Base
Destination airport:Kandahar Air Base
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
Destroyed on purpose after a technical malfunction.
The finding of the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board were publicly released on 30th July, 2015. The US$ 14.1miilion aircraft suffered a starter-generator failure. During efforts to recover the aircraft the back-up battery had insufficient voltage to lower the landing gear so the decision was made to deliberately crash into nearby mountainous terrain. The wreckage was not recovered so the exact cause of the starter-generator failure could not be determined.

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/19/more-u-s-military-drones-are-crashing-than-ever-as-new-problems-emerge/?noredirect=on
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/drone-crashes/database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2015/121214_MQ9A_CENTCOM.pdf
https://www.uasvision.com/2015/08/04/mq-9-reaper-accident-report-released/

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jan-2016 09:14 gerard57 Added
20-Jan-2016 09:14 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Mar-2020 20:33 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2020 20:34 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
11-Mar-2020 16:10 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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