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B-52 out of Minot Air Force Base crashes in Guam, crew of seven safe

A B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft that deployed from the Minot Air Force Base crashed on Wednesday at a U.S. Air Force base in Guam, but all seven crew members survived, military officials said.

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FILE PHOTO: A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber from the US Air Force Andersen Air Force Base in Guam performs a fly-over at the Singapore Airshow in Singapore February 14, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Chong

A B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft that deployed from the Minot Air Force Base crashed on Wednesday at a U.S. Air Force base in Guam, but all seven crew members survived, military officials said.

All seven crew members safely made their way out of the vessel, which crashed around 8:30 a.m. at the Andersen Air Force Base in the village of Yigo, the base said in a statement. 

The crew members were a part of the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and were taking part in a routine training mission when the incident occurred. The B-52 was deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot AFB as part of the Defense Department’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific., according to the Air Force's website.

The crash is under investigation, the base said. 

The B-52H Stratofortress is a long-range heavy bomber that for more than 40 years has been "the backbone of the manned strategic bomber force in the United States," according to the Air Force's website.

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