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Predator crashes at Joint Base Balad

12/4/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system crashed at about 7:30 a.m. Baghdad time Dec. 4 on the Joint Base Balad runway.

The extent of the damage to the aircraft assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is unknown at this time.

The Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system. Its primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets.

A board of officers convened to investigate the incident.

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