The US Air Force (USAF) revealed that on Wednesday, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber had dropped engine during training flight. Reportedly, the aircraft, powered by eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engine, had dropped one of its engines due to a yet-unknown reason, right after it took off from Minot Airbase. The parts of the engine was found approximately 46 km northeast of the airbase. The bomber landed safely thanks to its remaining seven engines. USAF stated that the aircraft was not armed.
B-52s started flying in 1952 and are planned to be kept in inventory until 2040. In consequence of the incident, USAF considers starting maintenance and repair of the engines afresh.