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Smoke from the crash of a B-52 is seen on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base from Mt. Santa Rosa, Yigo Guam, Thursday, May 19, 2016. The U.S. Air Force said Thursday a B-52 crashed on Guam shortly after takeoff, but all seven crew members made it out safely. No injuries were reported.

Smoke from the crash of a B-52 is seen on the flight line at Andersen Air Force Base from Mt. Santa Rosa, Yigo Guam, Thursday, May 19, 2016. The U.S. Air Force said Thursday a B-52 crashed on Guam shortly after takeoff, but all seven crew members made it out safely. No injuries were reported. (Rick Cruz/The Pacific Daily via AP)

A B-52H Stratofortress bomber crashed at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday while taking off from the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

None of the seven crew aboard the aircraft was injured, and they were able to immediately exit the plane, according to an Air Force statement.

The B-52 deployed to Andersen AFB from Minot, N.D., in March as part of the Defense Department’s continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific, which has included flights to North Korea. The deployment was to last six months.

The crew, from the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, was performing a routine training mission.

A spokesman at the headquarters of U.S. Pacific Air Force at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said no further information was immediately available about the condition of the plane or the cause of the crash, which is under investigation.

Andersen has long hosted B-52 bombers, which first arrived during the Vietnam War. Since 2004, the air base has had continuous, six-month rotations of six B-52 bombers and 300 airmen.

In 2008, a B-52 operating out of Andersen crashed about 30 miles northwest of Guam; all six crew members died.

olson.wyatt@stripes.com

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Wyatt Olson is based in the Honolulu bureau, where he has reported on military and security issues in the Indo-Pacific since 2014. He was Stars and Stripes’ roving Pacific reporter from 2011-2013 while based in Tokyo. He was a freelance writer and journalism teacher in China from 2006-2009.
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