18 Jun '16, 4pm

Degraded radio signals, nosewheel issues, caused two drone crashes

A pilot's failure to switch from the default radio frequency to the assigned operating frequency in the Central Command area where it was operating caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft in 2015. Here, a Predator comes in for a 'touch-and-go' during a training mission. (Photo: SMSgt. Paul Holcomb/Air Force) 106 CONNECT TWEET 51 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Degraded radio signals and a malfunctioning nosewheel caused the crash of two remotely piloted aircraft in separate events last year, Air Force investigations boards found. The service released abbreviated accident reports June 10 for the April 2015 crash of an MQ-1 Predator operating in the Central Command area; and the May 2015 crash of an MQ-9 Reaper in the Africa Command area. Neither aircraft was brought down due to enemy action, the Air Force said. The Predator crashed because the pilot didn...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2016/06/18/de...

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