U.S. Air Force MQ-9 conducts emergency landing in western Poland

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A remotely piloted U.S. Air Force MQ-9 aircraft assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa crashed near Miroslawiec, Poland, March 18, 2024.

The incident occurred in an uninhabited area and there were no reported injuries or damages to property.  Polish security forces and first responders immediately secured the area for follow-on recovery of the aircraft.

The unmanned aircraft was unarmed and conducting routine operations when the incident occurred. In line with standard operating procedures and safety protocols, the aircraft flew on a pre-coordinated flight path and crashed in an unpopulated area.

The scene of the incident is secure, and an investigation of the incident is in progress.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa officials express our sincere appreciation to the Polish Armed forces and first responders for their close cooperation and coordination on this matter.

For more information, please contact the U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs office at usafepao.pao@us.af.mil or, after hours, at usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.