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Predator crashes on base in Iraq

7/31/2007 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed at the end of the runway while landing at approximately 11 p.m. local time July 30 at Balad Air Base. 

The crash site is an unpopulated area and no collateral damage or injuries occurred.

The aircraft is a medium-altitude long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The Predator's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance, providing top cover for collation ground forces combating terrorism here.

The crash does not appear to be from hostile activity. A board will be convened to investigate the incident.



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