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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184671
Last updated: 15 March 2021
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Date:20-FEB-2016
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:432nd WG USAF (432nd WG United States Air Force)
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kandahar airfield -   Afghanistan
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:KDH / OAKN
Destination airport:KDH / OAKN
Narrative:
The military drone crashed on the airfield. The cause is under investigation but hostile fire was not a factor.

The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board findings were publicly released on 13th April, 2017.
The US $ 12.3 million aircraft crashed short of the runway during a simulated flame-out approach. The board ruled the cause as pilot error - specifically setting the power too low and then failing to recognise the aircraft entering a too steep descent path during the approach.

Sources:

https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/us-drone-crashes-southern-afghan-province-kandahar-1545094
https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1150521/mq-9a-accident-investigation-released/
https://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Article/670175/mq-9-crashes-in-afghanistan/
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/04/14/investigators-pilot-overconfidence-led-to-reaper-crash-in-afghanistan/
Air Forces Monthly (April 2016) / Scramble (#442)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Feb-2016 08:02 gerard57 Added
21-Feb-2016 08:02 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Feb-2016 18:52 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 17:25 StokieSteve Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2020 14:49 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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