U.S. 5-52 Crashes At Anderson Airforce Base On Guam

‘Routine training mission’; All crew apparently escape safely

By Jerick Sablan and Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 19, 2016) – A B-52H Stratofortress crashed around 8:30 a.m. on Andersen Air Force Base's flight line, the base's public affairs office has confirmed.

All seven aircrew members safely exited the aircraft. No injuries have been reported. Emergency responders are on scene, according to Andersen's public affairs.

The B-52 was deployed to Andersen from Minot, North Dakota, as part of the military's continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific.

The aircrew are members from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were performing a routine training mission.

The incident is under investigation and measures to mitigate possible environmental impacts are being taken. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Guam Fire Department spokesman firefighter Kevin Reilly said several units are responding to a reported downed aircraft at Andersen Air Force Base.

The military is establishing an incident command, and the local government is assisting, said GFD Chief Joey San Nicolas. "It’s too early to comment on what happened," he said.

"We assure the public this does not appear to be an attack, and we highly discourage anyone from spreading assumptions, or any information that does not come from (the Office of) Civil Defense or the military itself," he said.

Rolenda Fasumalie, Guam International Airport Authority spokeswoman, said an airport fire-fighting unit was deployed.

The airport's fire trucks, with sirens blaring, entered the base around 9:45 a.m.

From outside the base fence in Yigo, smoke could be seen on the horizon, billowing from the northern end of the runway.

Firetrucks could be seen on the runway.

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense received a report of an aircraft incident at 8:50 a.m. Guam Waterworks Authority was requested to assist firefighting units on base, said spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde.

Guam Waterworks Authority was requested to assist the Guam Fire Department and all military officials on scene with a water tanker, the release states.

This story is developing. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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