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. Second Predator Crashes In Iraq In Two Days

Two Predators have crashed in Iraq in the last 2 days.
by Staff Writers
Balad Air Base, Iraq (AFNS) Aug 07, 2007
An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed off base Tuesday at approximately 8 p.m. local time. This was the second Predator to crash in Iraq in two days. Hostile activity does not appear to be a factor in either crash. The crash site is in an unpopulated area and no collateral damage or injuries occurred. A board will be convened to investigate the incident. The aircraft is a medium-altitude long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance.

First Predator Crashes In Iraq
Balad Air Base, Iraq (AFNS) - 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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