Hunts Mesa, AZ Bomber Crash, Oct 1984
"This was a routine training mission, and we do not carry nuclear weapons on routine training missions," MacNamee said.
He said the Air Force had no indication yet of what caused the crash.
"We may have a better handle on what happened later today .. probably not a cause, but there may be some indication to what happened after we've talked to the crew."
Stormy weather that hampered rescue efforts may not have been a factor in the crash, said Navajo Police Lt. Ruby Wilson.
She said it was clear up until 10:30 p.m., when "it started snowing and it got windy."
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress first entered service in 1955 and 465 of the intercontinental high-altitude nuclear bombers were built. The Air Force is planning to replace it with the B-1.
The eight-engine B-52 weighs more than 225 tons loaded with fuel and armaments, and can cruise at about 500 mph.
There have been 70 crashes of B-52s on non-combat missions since the plane was first deployed.
All seven people aboard a B-52 were killed in April 1983 when the bomber slammed into the side of Jackson Peak in the Bull Valley Mountains.
Alton Telegraph Illinois 1984-10-17
Crew of the B-52:
Capt. ROBERT L. KEENEY, Pilot.
1st Lt. DOUGLAS J. SCHWARTZ, Co-Pilot.
Maj. EUGENE J. DASPIT, Radar Navigator.
1st Lt. KENNETH O. PORTIS, Navigator.
Capt. SEAN M. YERONICK, Electronic Warfare Officer.
Sgt. DAVID W. FELIX, Gunner.
Col. WILLIAM L. IVY, Pilot/Safety Observer