Nuclear missiles mistakenly flown across US
"The cruise missiles were carried across the US by a B-52 bomber. (File photo Getty Images: USAF)"
By North America correspondent Kim Landers
Posted 1 hour 45 minutes ago
Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago
The cruise missiles were carried across the US by a B-52 bomber. (File photo) (Getty Images: USAF)
There has been a major security blunder in the United States involving nuclear weapons.
A B-52 bomber flew across the country after being mistakenly loaded with nuclear warheads.
The nuclear armed cruise missiles were mistakenly loaded onto the B-52 bomber's wings, before its three-hour flight last week from North Dakota to Louisiana.
The nuclear warheads were only discovered when the plane landed and the security lapse was reported to US President George W Bush.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says an investigation is underway.
"The munitions were part of a routine transfer between the two bases and at all times they were in the custody and control of air force personnel and at no time was the public in danger," he said.
The US air force says the munition squadron commander has been relieved of his duties.