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MQ-9 crashes in Afghanistan

An MQ-9 Reaper equipped with an extended range modification from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron sits on the ramp at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2015. The ER modification allows for 20 to 40 percent additional flight time dependent on the aircraft's loadout. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys/Released)

An MQ-9 Reaper from the 451st Air Expeditionary Group sits on the flightline at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 assigned to the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, crashed Feb. 20 at about 9 p.m. Kabul time, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.


The crash was contained on Kandahar Airfield and there were no injuries or damage to civilian property as a result. U.S. Air Force authorities will investigate the cause of the crash, but hostile fire was not a factor.