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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210860
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Date:18-MAY-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: 11-4129
C/n / msn: PB-129
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:operating from Kandahar, Afghanistan -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:KDH / OAKN
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
MQ-9A; UNCONTROLLED DESCENT; IMPACTED TERRAIN; AIRCRAFT DESTROYED

The Air Force Special Operations Command Accident Investigation Board Report findings were publicly released on 9th June, 2016.

During a mission from Kandahar the aircraft entered an area of thunderstorm activity. - icing and turbulence were encountered before the 919th SOW/2nd SOS Reservist crew operating the MQ-9 lost the satellite connection. The MQ-9 was lost together with a load of four missiles (in total a value of over US$ 12.9million). The investigators ruled that a direct or near lightning strike had caused multiple on-board systems failures.

Sources:

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/2016/051815_MQ-9A_Afghanistan.pdf
https://www.afsoc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/795283/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
13-May-2018 21:10 ASN archive
14-Mar-2020 11:05 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 11:05 harro Updated [Phase, Source, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:45 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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