U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt accidentally fired off a M-156 rocket into Arizona desert

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt accidentally fired off a M-156 rocket into Arizona desert
An A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 190th Fighter Squadron, trains with targets, Orchard Combat Training Center, Boise, Idaho Aug. 19, 2019. Idaho Gov. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Ryan White)

A US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt accidentally released munitions over Arizona on Thursday, according to an Air Force statement.

The attack aircraft, assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing, “unintentionally” released an M-156 rocket while on a training mission, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base said in a statement.

This is the second time this year an A-10 has accidentally released munitions, after an incident in July where an A-10 dropped three dummy bombs while training over Florida. USAF also Warned Public Not to Go Near after A-10 Mistakenly Drops three BDU-33 Training Munitions

The M-156, is a white phosphorous projectile used to mark targets. The rocket landed in the Jackal Military Operations Area, located about 60 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona.

The part of the desert where the rocket landed is not designated for missile release, the Air Force Base said.

The Air Force says that no injuries, damages, or fires have been reported.

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