July 22, 2008

Air Force Crash Kills Three; Airmen Lost

An Air Force B-52 bomber crashed off Guam yesterday morning, killing at least three airmen and leading to an intensive ocean search for the remaining three crew members, the military said.

Three vessels including a destroyer, three helicopters, two F-15 fighter jets and a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft based in Japan were involved in the search, which covered roughly 3,000 square miles of the Pacific, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. John Titchen.

The unarmed B-52 bomber was en route from Guam's Andersen Air Force Base to conduct a flyover in a parade on another part of the island when it crashed about 9:45 a.m. yesterday about 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor, the Air Force said.

Monitor wire reports

Originally published by Monitor staff and wire.

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