20/08/2021

RQ-4 Global Hawk Crash in North Dakota

America’s Most Expensive Drone, RQ-4 Global Hawk, Crashes in North Dakota – Link

Source: Defense World

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  • The RQ-4 crashed in a rural field at about 7 a.m. on August 6 while it was returning to Grand Forks Air Force Base.
  • A fire that occurred after the accident was put out and there were no reported injuries on the ground.
  • The Air Force is currently investigating the incident. In a statement, Col. Jeremy Fields, the 319th Reconnaissance Wing vice commander, said military personnel were on the scene and he anticipated the recovery and investigation may take several weeks.
  • The crash is only the fifth non-combat loss in the aircraft’s 23-year flying history. The last incident involving the aircraft took place in June 2018 when an RQ-4 crashed into the sea off Naval Station Rota, Spain. Improper mission planning and a leak in a cracked oil line reportedly caused its engine to fail during a ferry flight to the Middle East.
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