B-52 crashes in Guam; no injuries reported

Posted at 8:19 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 22:19:12-04

By Jason Hanna


(CNN) — A B-52 bomber crashed Thursday morning at a U.S. Air Force base in Guam during a training mission, with all seven aircrew members safely leaving the aircraft, the base said.

The plane crashed at Andersen Air Force Base around 8:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. Wednesday MT); no injuries were reported, the base said.

Details about why the crash happened weren’t immediately available. The base didn’t say what stage the training mission was at when the crash happened.

Orange flames and thick smoke rose from a plane’s charred remnants at the base, images distributed by KUAM-TV show.

“The incident is under investigation and measures to mitigate possible environmental impacts are being taken,” the base said.

Guam is a U.S. territory in the Pacific, about 3,800 miles west of Honolulu and 2,500 miles southeast of Beijing.