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Old 12th Nov 2020, 15:31
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Wreckage found in Maldives?

Wreckage found in Maldives

https://timesofaddu.com/2020/11/12/p...0v6dEygOt06JIQ
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:00
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That's a more or less entire composite wing from quite a modern small (light?) aircraft, high aspect ratio, still with flap, aileron and pitot tubes intact.
Shouldn't take long to tie that up with a loss.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:17
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Looks like a drone wing.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:19
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Shouldn't take long to tie that up with a loss.
Might be a bit longer if this is a military UAV....
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:27
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Pitot probes, size, flying control actuator fairings; MQ-9 Reaper fits.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:28
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Originally Posted by armagnac2010 View Post
Might be a bit longer if this is a military UAV....
That's true!
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Looking at photos of Reaper drones, the pitot heads and fairings match the left wing.
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Old 12th Nov 2020, 16:58
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MQ-9 didn't the Iranians bring one down in the straights a while ago??
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June 6, 2019: MQ-9 Reaper downed near Zaferan, West coast of Yemen.
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Note the flap hinges; pitot tubes and fuel port
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Old 13th Nov 2020, 08:24
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Is there a bag of dollars 💵 on way to pay the salvage costs?
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Old 13th Nov 2020, 08:57
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Additional parts found:

https://timesofaddu.com/2020/11/13/a...vtOnmB8PAl9xEQ
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Old 13th Nov 2020, 09:32
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Interesting to see that the spars seem to be made of wood.
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Nice part number on the picture to tidy things up.
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Old 13th Nov 2020, 15:35
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well, the Atoll is in the southern part of the Maldives, which would bring a departure or landing accident from Diego Garcia, which is south (just) of the Maldives.
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Old 13th Nov 2020, 16:12
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A quick check on Google Earth indicates the location is about 660 nm from Diego Garcia.
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Old 14th Nov 2020, 09:47
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Wooden spars?

Are they really wooden spars? If so, is that to help with reducing radar returns?
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Old 14th Nov 2020, 13:58
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And here's the engine air intake;



https://timesofaddu.com/2020/11/13/a...ear-adh-atoll/

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Old 16th Nov 2020, 08:12
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Seeing all those barnacles, it must have happened some time ago.
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