Friday, August 1, 2008

MQ-1 Predator Crashes in Iraq. 6th Loss Since October

Predator crashes in Iraq
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer Air Force Times
Posted : Friday Aug 1, 2008 16:27:16 EDT
A remote-controlled MQ-1 Predator crashed Friday while flying over Iraq, the Air Force said.

The crash is the sixth Predator loss since October and the second Predator accident in less than two weeks.

The Friday crash happened around 10:45 a.m. local time and the single-engine plane went down north of Joint Base Balad in central Iraq.

No additional information was released by the Air Force.

The earlier crash occurred July 21 when an MQ-1 assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command, disappeared on a mission over Afghanistan after the aircrew lost communications with the plane.

Predators cost about $3.5 million each. They are used for reconnaissance and attack missions.

The causes of both crashes are under investigation.

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