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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210848
Last updated: 4 October 2020
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Date:19-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:27th SOW USAF (27th SOW United States Air Force)
Registration: 08-4044
C/n / msn: PB-044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:north of Kandahar Air Base perimeter, Afghanistan -   Afghanistan
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kandahar Air Base
Destination airport:Kandahar Air Base
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
MQ-9 LOST THRUST AFTER TAKEOFF; IMPACTED GROUND; AIRCRAFT DESTROYED

The Air Force Special Operations Command Accident Investigation Board findings were publicly released on 20th January, 2017.

The US$ 14.39million aircraft and ordnance were destroyed when the MQ-9 crashed shortly after take-off being launched by the 62nd ERS due to a compressor bearing failure lead to complete engine failure whilst at only 500ft.

Sources:

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/06/military-times-aviation-database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2017/111815_MQ9-A_Kandahar.pdf
Scramble (#456)
https://www.afsoc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1058419/air-force-releases-mq-9a-crash-report/

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
14-Mar-2020 14:52 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 14:53 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:46 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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