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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Tracey-Damo Ward
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Thank God the crew are safe

Richard Petch
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Huge waste of money there

Ben Carmichael
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Who cares about money. People’s lives were are risk.

James Gale
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Aircraft can be replaced lives cannot

Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas
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Christ that’s horrifying, good that everyone got out. I imagine it’s a long walk to the other end of one of those things.

Charlie Ward
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Damian Halpin
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2 planes down in 1 day. Not good 🙁

Kanishk Dhanker
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Coincidence Or Conspiracy ?

Damian Halpin
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I just hate to think of that saying that things happen in 3s. I hope not.

Robert Stewart
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A terrible shame as above glad crew are OK.

Colin McCourt
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Glad all were ok. Planes can always be replaced.

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