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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 091-97
February 25, 1997

PREDATOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE CRASHES DURING TAKEOFF

A DoD-owned Predator UAV crashed today at 9:40 a.m. (PST) while taking off from General Atomics's aeronautical systems incorporated flight facility, El Mirage, Calif. General Atomics was conducting a flight check of the vehicle. The air vehicle came to rest within the airfield boundaries and no injuries to personnel or damage to property were reported. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but an investigation by the UAV Joint Program Office is underway to determine the cause and the extent of damage to the air vehicle as well as its associated on-board systems. For further information news media should contact the UAV Joint Program Office, Mr. Ray Coleman, (703) 604-0767, ext. 5348.

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