US B-52 heavy bomber loses engine while flying over North Dakota

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One of eight medium-thrust engines fell off a U.S. Air Force B-52 heavy bomber from Minot AFB, North Dakota, in a Jan. 4 incident.

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The incident occurred during a training flight near Minot Air Force Base, officials confirmed to The engine broke up and debris landed in unpopulated area, they said. No injuries were reported.

“Earlier today, a B-52 dropped an engine while in flight,” a spokesperson said in an email. “The aircraft landed safely with no injuries.”

The five personnel on board the Cold War-era heavy bomber landed back at the base, another official said. Crews dispatched a UH-1N Huey helicopter to recover what was left of the engine, according to a base spokesman who spoke with Defense News.

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