We Now Know Why an American B-52's Engine Broke Apart During a Freak 2017 Incident

Dario Leone
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Dario Leone

Technology, Americas

Weird.

We Now Know Why an American B-52's Engine Broke Apart During a Freak 2017 Incident

“The aircraft landed safely with no injuries,” said a spokesperson.

A turbofan engine fell off the pod of a B-52H bomber during flight on Jan. 4 last year and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has completed its investigation into the matter.

It determined that the first stage fan disk of the Pratt & Whitney TF33 engine had failed in mid-air and caused the Number Three engine to break off the wing of the bomber.

According Military.com, the incident occurred during a training flight near Minot Air Force Base (AFB). The engine broke up and debris landed in unpopulated area, they said. No injuries were reported.

“The aircraft landed safely with no injuries,” said a spokesperson.

The five personnel on board the Cold War Era heavy bomber landed back at the base and a UH-1N Huey helicopter was dispatched to recover what was left of the engine.

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