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The B-52 had aborted take-off before catching fire and crashing, according to a statement from Pacific Air Force public affairs.

It is understood that all seven crew members safely left the aircraft after the incident at 08:30 local time (22:30 GMT Wednesday) at Andersen Air Force Base.

The B-52 bomber was deployed to the US island territory from North Dakota as part of the US military’s continuous presence in the Pacific.

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