23 Jul 2008

Search effort off Guam continues following B-52 Crash

10:26 am on 23 July 2008

A joint-agency search continues for missing crew members following Monday's crash of a B-52 bomber 48 kilometres to the northwest of Guam.

Bodies of two of the six Airmen on board the aircraft have been recovered.

Identities of the crew members are being withheld pending family notification.

The search for the remaining four missing crew, involving US Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and other U.S. and Guam agencies, is still underway.

Brigidaire General Douglas Owens, a commander of the US airforce's 36th Wing in Guam, says the search has been thorough.

He sayd Coast Guard assets were on scene within 45 minutes of the accident, and the teamwork between local and federal agencies has been tremendous.

A board of officers is investigating the accident.