BREAKING | B-52 Crashes In Guam–Crew Of 7 Onboard…
That Could Have Been Much Worse.
At around 8:30 a.m on May 19th, 2016, a B-52 took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. What was supposed to be a routine mission turned out to be the second B-52 crash in Guam in 8 years.
The 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron were training with Guam forces to reinforce U.S’ “continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.” Although the Air Force has not released and official statement, they did advise the media to refrain from making assumptions.
“Because of their quick thinking and good judgment in this emergency situation, the air crew not only saved their lives, but averted a more catastrophic incident.”-Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox
Here’s what we know. The B-52 crashed shortly after takeoff during the exercise. There were no major munitions aboard the plane which greatly contributed to the ending of this story. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
Eyewitness reports indicate that black, billowing smoke could be seen from miles away towards the end of the runway. We managed to get a picture of the crash and as you’ll be able to see in the video, the B-52 was completely destroyed.
What the Air Force did release is that all 7 crew members manage to safely evacuate the scene without injury. Air Force superiors stated repeatedly that the crew’s training was a major factor contributing to the lack of deaths in this incident.