Crew safe, investigation continues following B-52 accident in Guam
By 36th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 19, 2016
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) -- A B-52H Stratofortress was involved in an accident at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time, May 18, on the flightline at Andersen Air Force Base. All seven aircrew members safely egressed the aircraft. No injuries were reported.
Emergency responders and law enforcement officials successfully completed their initial response procedures following the accident.
“We are thankful that the aircrew are safe,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, the 36th Wing commander. “Because of their quick thinking and good judgement in this emergency situation, the aircrew not only saved their lives but averted a more catastrophic incident.”
Responding to the accident 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.