Incident General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper , 14 Mar 2023
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Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:US Army
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Black Sea, off Crimea -
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sigonella airbase, Sicilia
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Little or no information is available
A U.S. military reconnaissance drone was involved in an incident over the Black Sea and crashed into international waters.
The U.S. European Command stated that the propeller of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper was struck by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27: "Several times before the collision, the Su-27s dumped fuel on and flew in front of the MQ-9 in a reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional manner."

The Russian MoD claimed that the MQ-9 lost control as a result of 'sharp maneuvering' after being intercepted.

A video of an MQ-9 (12-4234) being intercepted by a Russian jet was subsequently shared on Russian social media.
A video shared by the U.S. (from the MQ-9 point of view) appear to show a different intercept.




Credit : / BBC

Source : USAFE-AFAFRICA The graphic below depicts approximations of the locations and times of the @usairforce MQ-9 Reaper collision and crash into the Black Sea.

Revision history:

14-Mar-2023 17:29 nhofmann54 Added
14-Mar-2023 17:30 Anon Updated [Location, Source]
14-Mar-2023 17:50 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Mar-2023 18:06 Anon Updated [Narrative]
14-Mar-2023 18:19 Anon Updated [Time]
14-Mar-2023 19:57 Anon Updated [Country]
15-Mar-2023 08:08 Anon Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2023 09:05 Aerossurance Updated [Country]
15-Mar-2023 20:04 nhofmann54 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Embed code]
15-Mar-2023 20:05 Anon Updated [Embed code]
16-Mar-2023 10:07 Anon Updated [Registration, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Mar-2023 14:48 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Embed code, Photo]
16-Mar-2023 14:50 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Photo]
16-Mar-2023 17:54 Iceman 29 Updated [Photo]

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