A-10 accidentally dropped training device into Arkansas River

Lt. Col. Marty Dahlem, a pilot with the 184th Fighter Squadron, trains in an A-10C Thunderbolt II 'Warthog' at the 188th Fighter Wing's Detachment 1 Razorback Range on March 25, 2014.


By (FORT SMITH, ARK.) TIMES RECORD Published: May 1, 2014

The 188th Fighter Wing inadvertently released an inert training device from an A-10C Thunderbolt II Warthog in an unpopulated area near the Arkansas River sometime in April, according to a news release.

“There is no explosive or environmental hazard associated with this device,” a release from the Arkansas National Guard states. “No injuries or property damage occurred as a result of this incident. There is no cause for alarm to surrounding communities.”

The nonexplosive training device weighed about 25 pounds and is used to score target hits on the 188th’s Detachment 1 Razorback Range. The incident occurred en route to Razorback Range for routine training.

Anyone who finds a military training device should never touch the device and should call local law enforcement immediately, the release states.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing, the release states.

The Air Force is in the process of moving A-10 fighters from the 188th as it moves to a new mission. The 188th learned in 2013 that its mission would be converted from the A-10s to a remotely piloted aircraft, targeting and intelligence unit.