Crew safe, investigation continues after B-52 accident on Andersen AFB

A B-52 Stratofortress sits on the flightline March 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The strategic global strike capability of B-52’s deters potential adversaries and provides reassurance to allies and partners that the U.S. is capable to defend its national security interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Smoot/Released)

A B-52 Stratofortress sits on the flightline March 21, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The strategic global strike capability of B-52’s deters potential adversaries and provides reassurance to allies and partners that the U.S. is capable to defend its national security interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Smoot/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

Emergency responders and law enforcement officials have successfully completed their initial response procedures following a B-52H Stratofortress accident that occurred earlier today.

The seven aircrew members aboard are safe and no injuries have been reported.

 

“We are thankful that the aircrew are safe,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, the 36th Wing commander. “Because of their quick thinking and good judgment in this emergency situation, the aircrew not only saved their lives but averted a more catastrophic incident.”

 

Responding to the crash was a joint effort as emergency response personnel from Andersen AFB, Naval Base Guam, Joint Region Marianas and government of Guam promptly established a cordon and extinguished the flames.

 

“Our personnel regularly train to respond to crises like the one we experienced today,” Cox said. “We’re also grateful for the support from our government of Guam and U.S. Navy partners in addressing this serious incident.”

 

Andersen environmental specialists are assessing any potential impacts that may have resulted from leaked fluids or burning aircraft materials to prevent damage to the ecosystem.

 

The aircraft was carrying inert munitions at the time and posed no danger to the local community. The B-52 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot AFB, North Dakota, as part of the Defense Department’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron aircrew was performing a routine training mission.

 

For questions concerning the investigation, contact Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs. For questions concerning the B-52's mission, contact Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs.