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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 2572
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Northrop B-2A Spirit
Owner/operator:United States - US Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 89-0127
MSN: AV-12
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Andersen AFB, Hagatna -   Guam
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
Destination airport:Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
The Spirit of Kansas crashed on the runway shortly after take-off. The aircraft was one in a flight of four B-2s that was returning to Whiteman AFB, Mo., following a deployment that began Oct. 5

Moisture in three of the 24 sensors that feed information into the bomberís computer system caused the sensors to send bad information about the planeís speed and altitude, and how far up or down the bomberís nose was pointed.
As the jet took off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the onboard computer thought the B-2 was pointed downward, causing the nose to jerk suddenly upward.

The two pilots couldnít regain control of the bomber and as the left wing struck the runway, the pilots safely ejected.

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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: USAF AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



Photo: FAA

Revision history:

23-Feb-2008 22:59 dhoisak Added
23-Feb-2008 23:08 harro Updated
24-Feb-2008 02:03 Dmitriy Updated
25-Feb-2008 02:04 Fusko Updated
20-Mar-2011 10:13 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2020 06:29 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Jun-2020 06:31 harro Updated [Narrative]
28-Jun-2020 06:37 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo, Accident report, ]

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