Friday, July 11, 2014

New Mexico: Lots of Drones, Lots of Drone Crashes

Holloman Air Force Base and nearby White Sands Missile Range


On June 22, 2014, the Washington Post published the results of a far-reaching investigation into crashes that have occurred in the U.S. drone program.

Shockingly, of the 194 major ("Class A") crashes that the Washington Post was able to document, 47  occurred within the United States.

Below is information on eleven (11) drone crashes that occurred in the state of New Mexico alone between the years 2001 and 2011. All eleven incidents involved Air Force drones; all but two of the crashes were associated with Holloman Air Force Base.

(See the full online database of crashes on the Washington Post website for full details of these and other drone crashes.)

Remains of October 3, 2001 crash


Date: October 3, 2001
Location: Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: $1,101,749.00
Details: A Phantom (QF-4E) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: February 11, 2003
Location: about 13 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base on the confines of the White Sands Missile Range
Estimated damage: a
Details: A Phantom (QF-4E) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


May 22, 2003 crash
Date: May 22, 2003
Location: about 13 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base on the confines of the White Sands Missile Range
Estimated damage: $880,000
Details:A Phantom (QF-4E) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: September 8, 2004
Location: 17 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base, White Sands Missile Range
Estimated damage: $1,506,500
Details: A Phantom (QF-4E) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: August 10, 2006
Location: Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Phantom (QF-4) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: September 11, 2009
Location: Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Predator (MQ-1B) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: July 28, 2010
Location: Cannon Air Force Base
Estimated damage: $988,149
Details: A Predator (MQ-1B) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: August 24, 2011
Location: Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Reaper (MQ-9) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: October 7, 2011
Location: Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Reaper (MQ-9) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: July 23, 2013
Location: Cannon Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details:A Reaper (MQ-9) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Date: October 30, 2013
Location: about 6 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Predator (MQ-1B) owned by the Air Force crashed . . . .


Related posts

Recently released records say that four drone crashes have occurred in the state of Arizona alone between the years 2005 and 2008. The Arizona incidents all involved Army Hunter drones. There is a separate report of crash of a Predator drone.

(See Records of Multiple Drone Crashes in Arizona Coming to Light )






Ten (10) drone crashes occurred in the state of California alone between the years 2004 and 2011.

(See California: Is the Sky Falling? )







A drone crash in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay was one of the first incidents to bring crashes by military drones to the attention of the American public.


(See Maryland Drone Crashes: The Other Shoe Drops )


Numerous drone crashes in and off the coast of Florida have been associated with training at Tyndall Air Force Base.

(See Drone Crashes Pile Up In and Near Florida

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