Thursday, 20 April 2017

Bird sighting led to B52 crash on Andersen Air Force Base

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The pilot received minor injuries from the incident.

 

Guam - The investigative findings into a B52 jet crash that happened last May on Andersen Air Force Base have been released. According to the report, the pilot spotted birds flying in the area.

According to Air Force Global Strike Command, which conducted the investigation, the pilot of the B52 stratofortress sighted birds which led to a miscalculation of cockpit indications and from there, the report says the pilot initiated abort procedures.

But drag chute failed on deployment and the report says exceeding brake energy limits also contributed to the mishap. The pilot of the B52 bomber received minor injuries from the incident.

The B52 bomber was deployed to AAFB from Minot, North Dakota.

You can read the release from AFGSC below:

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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