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Reaper Spins While Pilot Runs Checklist

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An $11 million Air Force Reaper UAV stalled and spun to the ground because the pilot was fixated on completing a checklist, ignoring audible and visual stall warnings, according to the Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation released Thursday. Immediately after receiving control of the aircraft from the launch team, the pilot of the unmanned turboprop was confused about the aircraft's autopilot mode and disconnected the autopilot, while continuing to complete the handoff checklist.

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