AFGSC completes accident investigation

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36th Wing Public Affairs

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Air Force Global Strike Command completed an Accident Investigation Board following a May 2016 mishap of a B-52H Stratofortress at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

On May 19, 2016, at approximately 8:32 a.m. Chamorro Standard Time (ChST), a B-52H assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam, departed the runway during a high-speed, heavy-weight aborted takeoff during a routine training mission. The aircraft sustained total damage with a loss valued at $112 million.

One aircrew member was treated for minor injuries consistent with ground egress. The incident did not result in fatalities or damage to private property.

The Accident Investigation Board found that the cause of the mishap was that the pilot analyzed visual bird activity and perceived cockpit indications as a loss of symmetric thrust required to safely attain flight, and subsequently applied abort procedures. Drag chute failure on deployment and exceeding brake-energy limits also substantially contributed to the mishap.

The B-52H was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot AFB, North Dakota, as part of the Department of Defense’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission in the Pacific.

A copy of the full report may be requested at https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

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