from danger room: The Air Force is conducting rescue operations near Guam to recover crewmembers from a B-52 bomber that crashed off the coast earlier today. The AP reports that two crewmembers have been found, but there’s no information on their condition. There’s also no word yet on what caused the crash.
“The B-52 bomber based at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana was en route to conduct a flyover in a parade when it crashed around about 30 miles north-west of Apra Harbour, the Air Force said,” the AP reports.
The B-52, despite its age, has an admirable safety record. Aviation Week’s ARES blog reports that the last crash of a B-52 was in 1994; that accident was blamed on pilot error. A B-2 bomber crashed off the coast of Guam earlier this year.