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Nuclear missile was damaged in 2014, says US Air Force

Nuclear missile was damaged in 2014, says US Air Force

WASHINGTON: The US Air Force said on Friday maintenance errors by three airmen damaged a nuclear-armed missile in its silo in 2014, triggering an accident investigation.

The accident occurred on May 17, 2014, but the Air Force only explained the consequences after questions by this news agency.

The Air Force released a statement and brief summary of the investigation results, and said the accident had not put public safety at risk.

It reported that the Air Force refused to provide details of the accident, saying they were classified.

The launch site is operated by the 320th Missile Squadron of the 90th Missile Wing in a remote area of northeastern Colorado, the news agency reported.




Published in Dawn, January 24th, 2016

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