Accident General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper 12-4177, Tuesday 5 July 2016
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Date:Tuesday 5 July 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic Q9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper
Owner/operator:27th SOW /3rd SOS USAF
Registration: 12-4177
MSN: PB-177
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Northern Syria -   Syria
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed. Cause: loss of thrust.

The Air Force Special Operations Command Accident Board findings were publicly released on 31st May, 2017. The US $ 15.9milion aircraft (including payload and two missiles) was deliberately crashed after the engine lost power. This was the result of an engine fuel control unit failure, however the identity of the exact component could not be determined with certainty as no wreckage was recovered.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Scramble (#477) / Air Forces Monthly (September 2016)


Tabaqqa city, Syria

Revision history:

05-Jul-2016 19:43 abel83 Added
05-Jul-2016 19:43 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
06-Jul-2016 07:51 Anon. Updated [Source]
06-Jul-2016 08:28 Hans Gruber Updated [Phase, Source]
06-Jul-2016 14:36 Anon. Updated [Location, Damage]
06-Jul-2016 14:42 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
05-Sep-2016 07:33 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
16-May-2018 15:19 harro Updated [Narrative]
15-Mar-2020 07:41 StokieSteve Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2020 07:46 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]
12-Jul-2020 20:37 Digger Updated [Operator, Operator]

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