An MQ-1 Predator, like this one preparing to land at Balad Air Base, Iraq, crashed near the base July 30. It is the second Predator crash in two days. Hostile action did not appear to be a factor in either crash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Olufemi A. Owolabi)
7/31/2007 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed off base Tuesday at approximately 8 p.m. local time. This was the second Predator to crash in Iraq in two days. Hostile activity does not appear to be a factor in either crash.
The crash site is in an unpopulated area and no collateral damage or injuries occurred.
A board will be convened to investigate the incident.
The aircraft is a medium-altitude long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance.