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Air Force Releases Accident Investigation Report

Posted 10/9/2009   Updated 10/9/2009 Email story   Print story


by Staff Report
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

10/9/2009 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Driver error caused a payload transporter vehicle carrying non-nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile components to overturn in a rural area near Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, on August 31, 2009, according to an Air Force Space Command accident investigation board. The board determined that the driver became distracted and failed to maintain control of the vehicle's route of travel when a large insect flew into the driver's open window and landed on the driver's back. The vehicle drifted to the right side of the gravel road while the driver was trying to remove the insect, and the vehicle's tires went off the right edge of the road. It tipped onto its right side and came to rest in the ditch next to a field. The board found no additional factors contributing to the cause of the mishap. There were no injuries and the accident posed no danger to the public. The estimated damage to the vehicle and its cargo, both assigned to the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D., including the cost of recovery, is still being assessed. For more information, contact the Air Force Space Command Public Affairs Office at 719-554-3731 or email

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