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RQ-1 Predator accident report released

Released: 23 Dec 1999

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- Officials investigating the April 18 crash of an RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle near Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia, have determined the accident resulted from a combination of mechanical and human factors.

The Predator, which belonged to the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., was returning from a reconnaissance mission over Kosovo in support of Operation Allied Force. It was destroyed upon impact.

According to the accident investigation board report, the Predator experienced a fuel problem during its descent into Tuzla. Upon entering instrument meteorological conditions and experiencing aircraft icing, the Predator lost engine power.

The two Predator pilots, who control the aircraft from a ground station, executed critical action procedures but were unable to land the aircraft safely. It crashed in a wooded area four miles south of Tuzla.

According to the report, the pilots' attention became too focused on flying the Predator in icing and weather conditions they had rarely encountered. The report also cites lack of communication between the two pilots during the flight emergency as a cause of the accident. Air Combat Command officials completed the AIB report. (Courtesy of ACC News Service)


* Air Combat Command
* Nellis AFB

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