A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II attack aircraft accidentally fired a rocket while conducting a training mission near Tucson, Arizona on Sept. 5.
“During a routine training mission, an A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing unintentionally released a single M-156 rocket today at approximately 10:40 a.m”, said a USAF statement released on the day.
The rocket impacted in a desert wash in an uninhabited area under the Jackal Military Operations Area, which is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Tucson. No injuries, damages or fires have been reported and the incident is currently under investigation.
This training area is not designated for munitions release, added the Air Force statement.
The aircraft involved in the incident belonged to 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Wing based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
The M-156 is a warhead option for the Hydra 70 unguided rocket. It has a payload of 2.2 lbs White phosphorus munitions (WP) which emits smoke on impact and is usually used for targeting.