Report: Fire caused Predator crash
/ Published December 29, 2004
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (ACCNS) -- (ACCNS) A fire caused an MQ-IL Predator remotely piloted aircraft to crash while supporting operations near Balad Air Base Aug. 17, according to an Air Force report released today.
A misrouted oil line failed and leaked oil into the engine bay causing a fire, which spread and ultimately made the aircraft uncontrollable.
The Predator, assigned to the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nev., was valued at $4.2 million and destroyed upon impact. There were no injuries or damage to other property or equipment.
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