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Report: Fire caused Predator crash

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.

For more information, contact Air Combat Command Public Affairs at (757) 764-5007 or       e-mail acc.pam@langley.af.mil.

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