Training bombs, missile accidentally fall from plane in MI

One of the training bombs that fell from a military plane near Luzerne, Michigan. (Courtesy WPBN/Nov.2, 2016)
One of the training bombs that fell from a military plane near Luzerne, Michigan. (Courtesy WPBN/Nov.2, 2016)


LUZERNE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a mechanical failure is believed to have caused the release of six training bombs and a training missile from a military plane over Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

No one was injured due to the release, which WPBN reported happened Oct. 25 over Oscoda County.

The training weapons were on a plane heading to Camp Grayling from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit when they fell off. The Michigan National Guard says the bombs and missile were found in a remote wooded area near Luzerne.

Lt. Col. Matthew Trumble, director of the Camp Grayling Air Gunnery Range, says it’s a “rare” situation.

The Guard says the missile was non-explosive and the six training bombs can release smoke so that pilots can see where they land.