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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210863
Last updated: 19 October 2020
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Date:28-APR-2015
Time:01:16L
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator
Owner/operator:432nd WG USAF (432nd WG United States Air Force)
Registration: 07-3207
C/n / msn: P-207
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location: -   Afghanistan
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Narrative:
MQ-1B T/O; ACFT DEPARTED PREPARED SURFACE; EXTENSIVE ACFT DAMAGE; NO INJURIES

The findings of the Air Combat Command Investigation Board were publicly released on 10th June 2016.

The US$ 4.66million aircraft veered off the runway after losing its line of sight antenna link during take-off. The landing gear and tails were sheared off, nose fractured and sensor ball ripped off before it came to rest north of the runway. The investigation found that errors in pre-flight by the Whiteman AFB-based 20th RS launch crew and a delay by the sensor operator in reacting to the lost link combined to cause the aircraft to crash.

Sources:

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/04/06/military-times-aviation-database/
https://www.airforcemag.com/PDF/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2016/042815_MQ1B_CENTCOM.pdf
https://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/796194/news-release-mq-1b-predator-accident-report-released/

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-May-2018 21:10 ASN archive
12-Mar-2020 07:06 StokieSteve Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Mar-2020 07:06 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:52 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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