Wednesday, July 23, 2008

B-52 Crash Update -- Search Continues For Survivors Of B-52 Crash Off Of Guam -- One Crewmember Identified By Family

A joint-agency search continues for missing crew members following Monday’s crash of a B-52 bomber 48 kilometres to the northwest of Guam.

Bodies of two of the six Airmen on board the aircraft have been recovered.

Identities of the crew members are being withheld pending family notification.

The search for the remaining four missing crew, involving US Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and other U.S. and Guam agencies, is still underway.

Brigidaire General Douglas Owens, a commander of the US airforce’s 36th Wing in Guam, says the search has been thorough.

He sayd Coast Guard assets were on scene within 45 minutes of the accident, and the teamwork between local and federal agencies has been tremendous.

A board of officers is investigating the accident.
Radio New Zeland

An Ohio State University graduate is one of six people who was onboard an Air Force B-52 when it crashed off the island of Guam Monday morning.

The B-52 bomber was en route to conduct a flyover at the Liberation Day parade when it crashed about 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor at 9:45 a.m., the Air Force said. (...)

The family of Col. George Martin, a graduate of East High School and OSU Medical School, told 10TV News that he was on the plane, 10TV's Patrick Bell reported.

Martin has been a military doctor for more than 25 years and is second-in-command of the medical unit in Guam, his family said.

Martin also works as an astronaut physician for NASA.


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