Wirestrike Accident General Atomics MQ-9A-1 Reaper 10-4090,
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Date:Wednesday 4 February 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Atomics MQ-9A-1 Reaper
Owner/operator:432nd WG USAF
Registration: 10-4090
MSN: PB-090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Indian Ocean -   Indian Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Intentionally crashed in international waters after a technical malfunction.

The Air Force Accident Investigation Board report was released on 19th August 2015.
The US$ 13.2million aircraft was deliberately 'splashed' into international waters after starter-generator failure and subsequent depleted battery voltage meant that the 435th AEW / 33rd SOS launch and recovery crew were unable to guarantee being able to land the aircraft safely. Although the report specifically stated the base "installation withheld" referenced in the report is the 449th AEG (which is based in Djibouti) and the transit time-line involved (2 to 2.5hours) and over-water passage indicate the aircraft was tasked on an ISR mission over Yemen



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

Revision history:

24-Aug-2015 15:20 gerard57 Added
05-Jan-2016 17:38 El_serj Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
11-Mar-2020 07:32 StokieSteve Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2020 07:32 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
11-Mar-2020 16:09 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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