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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181168
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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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: 98-3040
MSN: P-040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bir Mutla, near Al Al Salemmm Air Base -   Kuwait
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
The drone departed controlled flight and crashed; left tailboard separated.

The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board findings were publicly released on 21st November, 2017. During recovery by the Kuwait-based 386th AEW/36th ERS the aircraft suffered failure of the left tail descending from 4,000ft causing it to tumble into the ground and catch fire. The US$ 5.3million aircraft was destroyed - the debris was recovered and sent back to Nevada for analysis.

Scramble (#465) / Air Forces Monthly (February 2018)

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

Revision history:

09-Nov-2015 18:53 gerard57 Added
12-May-2018 16:40 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 14:52 StokieSteve Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2020 14:52 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
26-Mar-2020 14:51 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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