Surviving pilot talks about B-52 bomber crash
NewsChannel12 continues to follow the story of the newly released information about atomic bombs accidently dropped in the Goldsboro area during a plane crash in 1961. Thanks to some of our viewers NewsChannel12 found one of the pilots of that plane.
Captain Adam Mattocks is only member from a 1961 B-52 bomber crash near Goldsboro who is still alive. He said the eight member crew was on a combat ready mission when fuel started leaking from one of the plane's eight engines.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Chief of Public Affairs, Maj Amber Millerchip, said during the mission a structural failure of the right wing resulted in the aircraft breaking up at 2,000 to 10,000 feet altitude.
Captain Mattocks said the Commanding Officer told them to bail out of the plane after several attempts to safely land.
"I went out. I didn't feel anything no movement whatsoever. I said I am here suspended in space," Mattocks said.
Captain Mattocks said as a relief pilot, he only had two options to escape.
"Either to jump through the top, which nobody had lived through until that time or crawl down the hatch," Mattocks said.
With time against him Captain Mattocks chose to jump out through the top. He said the Lord helped him survive.
"Things were flying by me as I came down the chute. I was landing exactly where the plane went down and it was all on fire," Mattocks said.
The B-52 bomber also had two bombs on board that fell to the ground without exploding.
"That bomb had never been tested. It had not been tested in the United States or anywhere else,” Mattocks said.
Recently declassified documents show only one switch stood in the way of a massive bomb exploding.
Millerchip said “a portion of one weapon, containing uranium, could not be recovered despite excavation in the waterlogged farmland to a depth of 50 feet”. Millerchip also said there are no detectable radiation and or hazards in the area.
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