Monday, 23 September 2019

Thunderbolt Jet accidentally launches rocket outside Tucson

Massoud Hossaini – AP

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Air Force is investigating after a jet accidentally launched a rocket in Arizona during a routine training exercise, military officials said.

An A-10C Thunderbolt II mistakenly released one M-156 rocket around 10:40 a.m., Davis-Monthan Air Force Base officials said in a news release.

The Air Force said “the rocket impacted in a desert wash in an uninhabited area under the Jackal Military Operations Area, which is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Tucson. This training area is not designated for munitions release.”

No damage, injuries or fires connected with the rocket were reported, the Air Force said.

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