In August 2007 it was revealed that there was an unauthorized transfer of armed nuclear missiles, aboard a B-52 Stratofortress, from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
The procedural errors that led to the mishap have been identified:
– First, Airmen assigned to the Minot weapons storage area failed to examine each one of five pylons (a
pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles) located in the storage area.
– Second, the driver of the trailer that moves the pylons to the aircraft began loading the pylons before
the required pylon inspection was complete.
– Third, the driver failed to inspect the missiles before hooking up the trailer for transport.
– Fourth, when the driver radioed the munitions control center to verify the status of the pylons, the
control center failed to access a database (as required) that would have alerted them that one of the
pylons was not properly prepared for transfer.
– Finally, the B-52 navigator neglected to check all missiles loaded for transport, as required.
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