B-52 Stratofortress Catches on Fire, Crashes in Guam
There were no reported injuries.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 19, 2016
The seven members of the crew, with the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, were able to escape the plane.
The plane caught on fire shortly after takeoff, the Military Times reported. The plane crashed on the morning of Wednesday, May 18.
The Stratofortress was sent to Andersen from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the U.S. military’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.
The plane and crew were taking part in a routine training mission.
Bomber US B52, crashes in Guam, all crew safehttps://t.co/VS8dZ1v6UK
— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 19, 2016
The Guam Fire Department said shortly after 9 a.m. that its units were responding.
“It’s too early to comment on what happened,” GFD Chief Joey San Nicolas told the Times.
“We assure the public this does not appear to be an attack, and we highly discourage anyone from spreading assumptions, or any information that does not come from (the Office of) Civil Defense or the military itself,” he added.
According to a military press release:
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam —
A B-52H Stratofortress crashed at approximately 8:30 a.m. on the Andersen flightline. All seven aircrew members have safely egressed the aircraft. No injuries have been reported. Emergency responders are on scene.
The B-52 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the DoD’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The aircrew are members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were performing a routine training mission.
The incident is under investigation and measures to mitigate possible environmental impacts are being taken. More information will be released as it becomes available.