Two US MQ-1 Predator combat unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) opearting from Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base have crashed within 4 days.
The first MQ-1 Predator crashed in southeastern Turkey after taking off from Incirlik Air Base on August 17.
“The aircraft crashed while departing Incirlik Air Base at approximately at 10:15 p.m., local time, Aug. 17, 2017.
There were no civilian or military injuries. The U.S. military and Turkish officials have control of the aircraft. An investigation is underway to determine the specific cause of the crash,” the US Air Force said in a statement.
The second MQ-1 Predator crashed in southern Turkey on August 21 in the very similar circumstances.
“U.S. emergency responders and local police are on scene where a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed in a field approximately 200 miles east of Adana, Turkey.
The aircraft departed Incirlik Air Base, and subsequently crashed at approximately 11:50 a.m., local time, Aug. 21, 2017.
“U.S. Air Force and Turkish personnel are working hand in hand to keep local citizens safe and to recover the aircraft,” said Col. Michael Rimsky, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander. “Our goal is to minimize the impact to our host nation partners while continuing to meet mission requirements.”
There were no civilian or military injuries. The U.S. military and Turkish officials have control of the aircraft. An investigation is underway to determine the specific cause of the crash,” the US Air Force said in another statement.
The real reasons behind the both incidents are stil unknown. The US is investigating into the issue.
The crashes took place amid the ongoing tensions between Turkey and the US over the American military assistance to Kurdish militais operating in northern Syria.