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Reaper crashes in Afghanistan

An MQ-9 Reaper crashed on Wednesday near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, according to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

"There is no indication of injuries or damage to civilian property as a result of the crash," according to a wing news release.  "The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, but enemy fire was not a factor."

Stars and Stripes first reported on Wednesday that the remotely piloted aircraft went down about 7:10 p.m., local time.

The Reaper crashed in a remote area of Afghanistan that was not close to any population centers, said Capt. Bryan Bouchard, a spokesman for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Both the aircraft and its ordnance were destroyed in the crash, so the wreckage was not recovered, Bouchard said in an Wednesday email Wednesday to Air Force Times. The Reaper was assigned to the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, based at Kandahar Airfield.

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