USAF releases Global Hawk crash report

Attrition Report

RQ-4B Global Hawk 05-2022 ‘BB’ at Robins AFB, Georgia, on May 24, 2017. An accident report into the loss of another of the unit’s RQ-4Bs, 07-2029 ‘BB’, which crashed on June 21, 2017, has now been released.
USAF/Roland Leach

AIR COMBAT Command has released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report into the loss of a US Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk in California on June 21 last year – see Attrition, August 2017, p90. The report, published on September 26, identifies the aircraft as 07-2029 ‘BB’ from the 9th Reconnaissance Wing/12th Reconnaissance Squadron. The executive summary indicates that the RQ-4B began breaking up in mid-air near Lone Pine, California, at approximately 1310hrs local (L) time, approximately 49 minutes after take-off, while conducting a ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to Beale AFB, California.

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