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All 7 crew members safe as B-52 crashes on Guam

The plane had just taken off, with a full load of fuel. The Air Force said it is investigating the crash.
The plane had just taken off, with a full load of fuel. The Air Force said it is investigating the crash.AFP/Getty Images

HAGATNA, Guam — All seven crew members made it out safely when their North Dakota-based B-52 crashed on Guam shortly after takeoff, the Air Force said. No injuries were reported.

The plane aborted on takeoff and caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday Guam time, Pacific Air Forces public affairs said. It crashed on the flight line of Andersen Air Force Base.

The incident is under investigation. The Air Force is taking steps to clean up any possible hydraulic oil and fuel contamination, a spokesman said.

Guam is a US territory 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.

The Air Force said there was no danger from any of the plane’s armaments.

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The bomber was deployed to Guam from Minot, N.D., as part of the military’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific, the Air Force said. The crew members are with the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron.

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