Sun, Oct 03, 2004
UAV crashed in Nevada during training mission
Crew error caused an
MQ-1L Predator unmanned aerial vehicle to crash during a training
mission June 14 at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, Nev.,
according to an Air Force report released Sept. 30.
The instructor pilot allowed the student pilot to continue too
far into a landing approach characterized by high-sink rates, poor
airspeed and aim-point control, and poor runway alignment. The crew
attempted to abort the landing too late, causing the rear
stabilizers, known as tail planes, to hit the ground. The aircraft
crashed immediately. Damage was valued at $4.2 million.
There were no injuries, fatalities or damage to other property
or equipment. The Predator belonged to the 11th Reconnaissance
Squadron at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field.
(Courtesy of Air Combat Command News Service)
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