A second day of searching on a snowy mountain peak Tuesday turned up no sign of the 500-pound bombs lost in the mysterious crash of an A-10 warplane this spring.
As they did the day before, searchers found only wreckage of the A-10 Thunderbolt, bits of ammunition and remains of Capt. Craig Button, who disappeared along with the plane during a training mission over southwestern Arizona April 2. The wreckage was found 18 days later on Gold Dust Peak, more than 800 miles off course.
The bombs, designed to blow up tanks and runways, are not believed to be armed and military officials said any sensitive material inside is “insensitive” to extreme temperatures and shaking. However, officials said they could be dangerous if found by people familiar with how to use them.
“Every piece of munitions on the airplane is a priority to recover because we want to restore the site safely for the public,” Brig. Gen. Donald A. Streater said at a news conference Tuesday. “Any piece of munitions could be a dangerous item … an unknown.”
Streater also said it is possible Button let loose the bombs before crashing.
“I cannot rule that possibility out but at the same time we have no evidence he jettisoned the bombs,” he said.
The search was set to resume today.
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