Air Force releases cause of B-52 accident in Guam

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MINOT, N.D. - The Air Force says it has completed the investigation of the B-52 accident in Guam that happened last May.

It says the Accident Investigation Board found the cause of the mishap on May 19 was that the pilot spotted bird activity and perceived cockpit indications as a loss of thrust, and subsequently applied abort procedures. Drag chute failure and exceeding brake-energy limits also contributed to the mishap.

The B-52 was from Minot Air Force Base and was a total loss, estimated at $112 million.

Only one aircrew member needed to be treated for minor injuries.