Officials release Predator accident report

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Air Force investigators have determined that human error caused an Air Force RQ-1 Predator aircraft crash May 17 near a forward-operating location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to an Air Combat Command accident investigation report released Oct. 30, the incorrect assembly of the "right tail plane control servo" by the manufacturer was the sole cause of the accident.

The Predator, an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft valued at about $3.3 million, was destroyed upon impact. No one was injured in the accident. The aircraft was assigned to the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and was deployed as part of the 386th Air Expeditionary Group. (Courtesy of ACC News Service)