Air force B52 crashes at 9:45 am in GuamJuly 21st, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by David M N James
An American Air Force B-52 aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana has crashed in Guam.
The plane crashed as it was en route to conduct part of the Department of Defense’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The B-52 was to fly over the Liberation Day parade. The day marks the day when U.S. military arrived on Guam to retake control of the island from Japan.
The bomber carrying six crew members was on its way to conduct a flyover in a parade crashed off the island of Guam at 9:45 am Monday. Two people were recovered from the waters, but their condition was not verified nor identified. The Guam coast guard verified that they had recovered two people from the waters but have not established the state of these two people. Rescue crews from the Navy, Coast Guard and local fire department launched a massive aerial and ocean search for the others in and around a vast area of floating debris and sheen of oil. The B52 crashed at around 9:45 a.m. Monday approximately 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor. This is the second air force accident this year on Guam, a U.S. territory 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii. The first this year happened in February when a B-2 crashed at Andersen Air Force Base shortly after takeoff. This was the first ever crash of a stealth bomber in the history of the Air force. Both pilots of the air force stealth bomber ejected safely. The defense ministry and military official analysts estimated the cost of the loss of the aircraft at $1.4 billion.
The latest mishap involved an aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana as part of the Department of Defense’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific.
The B-52 is a state of the art long-range, heavy bomber that has mid air refueling ability the design and equipment in B-52s can allow two of them in just two hours, monitor 140,000 square miles of ocean surface. The accident is a shock and a great loss to the American air force. The continuing accidents seem to shake up those are responsible on the design and ability of the bomber. The designers and manufacturer are being rattled by the defense ministry since these accidents are denting the image of the stealth bomber which is a feared and highly reputed war craft