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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199131
Last updated: 20 August 2020
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Date:21-AUG-2017
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator
Owner/operator:USAF (United States Air Force)
Registration: 02-3100
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:SE Turkey, Sanliurfa province -   Turkey
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
An MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft lost connection to operating flight crew systems and subsequently crashed in the U.S. Central Commandís area of responsibility August 21, 2017.
The mishap occurred while participating in a combat support mission and was operated by members of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. During normal flight operations, the crew permanently lost the ability to monitor and control the aircraft (i.e. lost link) while flying medium altitude approximately 90 minutes into the mission. The contractor, General Atomics Ė Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (GA-ASI), completed analysis of the wreckage and determined the most likely cause of the accident was the failure of the primary control module, an internal aircraft component which is a critical part of the flight control systems. No evidence contradicted GA-ASIís conclusion.
There were no reported fatalities or injuries. The aircraft and environmental cleanup was valued at approximately $5.2 million.

Sources:

https://www.rt.com/usa/400414-us-drone-crashes-turkey/
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-us-drone-crashes-in-southeast-turkey-air-base-statement-2017-8
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/06/military-times-aviation-database/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Aug-2017 19:43 plcedi Added
21-Aug-2017 19:44 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Narrative]
16-Feb-2019 12:44 harro Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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