USAF MQ-9 Reaper drone crashes in Romania

U.S. Air Force photo

An MQ-9 Reaper drone operated by the United States Air Force crashed during a training mission south of the Romanian Air Force 71st Air Base in Campia Turzii, Romania. 

According to the Romanian Defense Minister Vasile Dîncu, the crash caused no injuries as the aircraft fell in a cornfield in an uninhabited area. 

“[The USAF is] carrying out the initial investigation right now,” the Minister said, as reported by local media Observator. “We are also in contact with them, we will support them if needed.” 

In May 2021, the USAF deployed MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and approximately 90 airmen in support of NATO operations in the region. The drones are tasked with conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. 

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