Remote-controlled Predator crashes at Victorville

VICTORVILLE – An unmanned Predator aircraft crashed Tuesday at the Southern California Logistics Airport. There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

The $5 million aircraft was destroyed. Wreckage was seen at the end of the runway.

Air Force Lt. Colonel Brenda Hendricksen said the Predator was being remotely controlled from the airport and was on a training exercise.

“The aircraft was performing a touch-n-go. It’s not known if came down during the take-off or the landing.”

The Predator is being flown extensively over Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It can serve in a reconnaissance and forward observation role, and can also fire two Hellfire missiles at land-based targets. The aircraft has been in use since 1995. (INT)

Story Date: April 22, 2010

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