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MQ-9 Reaper remote-controlled aircraft damaged during takeoff from Holloman AFB

An MQ-9 Reaper flies over Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, on Aug. 13, 2020.

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By NICOLE MAXWELL | Alamogordo Daily News | Published: September 2, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 49th Wing sustained damage when it left the runway during takeoff at Holloman Air Force Base at about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

No other aircraft were involved in the incident.

Emergency response teams were on scene as of Wednesday morning.

An investigation will be conducted by a board of qualified officers to determine the cause of the incident, a news release said.

Additional details will be released as they become available, the release said.

MQ-9 Reaper aircraft are armed, medium-altitude remotely piloted aircraft that are deployed against dynamic execution targets and sometimes are used for intelligence missions, according the U.S. Air Force.

The MQ-9 Reapers have been on Holloman Air Force Base since 2009.

MQ-9 Reapers have a 66 foot wingspan, are 12-feet, 6-inches tall and are 36 feet long. MQ-9 Reapers can cruise at about 230 miles per hour, or 200 knots.

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