Engine Drops From B-52 Over Wildlife Refuge

An engine fell out of a B-52 bomber during a training mission northeast of Minot on Wednesday.

According to DefenseNews.com, the Air Force confirmed that one of the aircraft's eight engines dropped out of the B-52 during a training flight.

A pentagon source says the engine is buried in snow in a river bed. Air Force sources tell us it is on J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge land, located near Upham in Bottineau County.

A team from the Air Force will meet with refuge officials early this afternoon to develop a plan to recover the engine.

The B-52's five-member crew was able to land the aircraft safely.

The Air Force says no weapons were onboard the aircraft, and no injuries have been reported relating to the incident, which remains under investigation.

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