Accident General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper 11-4129,
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Date:Monday 18 May 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:27th SOW USAF
Registration: 11-4129
MSN: PB-129
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:operating from Kandahar, Afghanistan -   Afghanistan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:KDH / OAKN
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured

The Air Force Special Operations Command Accident Investigation Board Report findings were publicly released on 9th June, 2016.

During a mission from Kandahar the aircraft entered an area of thunderstorm activity. - icing and turbulence were encountered before the 919th SOW/2nd SOS Reservist crew operating the MQ-9 lost the satellite connection. The MQ-9 was lost together with a load of four missiles (in total a value of over US$ 12.9million). The investigators ruled that a direct or near lightning strike had caused multiple on-board systems failures.


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

Revision history:

13-May-2018 21:10 ASN archive
14-Mar-2020 11:05 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 11:05 harro Updated [Phase, Source, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:45 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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