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US B-52 bursts into fireball after crash in Guam

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An American B-52 strategic military plane has been destroyed after crashing at the US airbase in the Western Pacific island of Guam.

US military officials said Thursday that the B-52H Stratofortress bomber went down in a fiery crash on Wednesday shortly after takeoff, without leaving any casualties.

All seven crew members survived the crash.

The plane crashed around 8.30 a.m. local time on May 18 “on the flight line” at the Andersen air force base in the US territory, the base said in a statement.

The US military is investigating the cause of the crash.

The strategic bomber was reportedly on a routine training mission when the accident happened.

Officials said the aircraft was deployed to the US territory from North Dakota as part of the military’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.

B-52 is a long-range heavy bomber that has been “the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force in the United States” for more than 40 years.

The US Air Force has alternatively deployed B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers to Guam since 2004 to boost America’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Back in 2008, another B-52 crashed off Guam, killing all six crew members on board.

The US territory is some 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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