Narrative:A Lockheed C-130 Hercules was damaged in a midair collision with an unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan. The AAI RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) struck the Hercules' left hand wing between engines no. 1 and 2. The Hercules sustained damaged but managed to land safely but the RQ-7 crashed.
|Date:||Monday 15 August 2011|
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Registration:|| registration unknown|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Airplane damage:|| Minor|
|Location:||over Afghanistan ( Afghanistan)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
The RQ-7 is a small reconnaissance plane used by U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. It has a 4,30 metre wing span and weighs 170 kg.
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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.