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UPDATE: MQ-9 crash near Nevada Test and Training Range

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – At approximately 3:40 p.m. on June 7, 2016 an MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, crashed approximately 20 miles northwest from Highway 215 in Las Vegas, while performing a training mission.


The crash site is contained to approximately a 200-yard radius around the aircraft’s point of impact on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service land. There were no casualties or damage to structures.


Remotely Piloted Aircraft structural materials include composite fibers which may splinter into particles that are small enough to be inhaled and retained in the lungs. One of the initial recovery priorities is applying a binding agent to fix any loose fibers.


An accident investigation board will convene to investigate the incident. Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases will continue to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the aircraft safely while minimizing the potential hazards to wildlife.


More information will be provided as it becomes available. Contact the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs with any questions or concerns at 702-652-2750.