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Air Force ends search for bombs near April A-10 crash site

Crash site September 16, 1997
Web posted at: 9:09 p.m. EDT (0109 GMT)

EAGLE, Colorado (CNN) -- The Air Force has ended its extensive search for four bombs at the crash site of an A-10 attack jet that went down in the mountains near Vail in April.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Streater said experts from the Air Force, Navy and a private contractor searched the area near Gold Dust Peak for 72 days without finding any evidence of the bombs.

"I can assure you that we have conducted this search to the best of our ability. We wanted to find bombs," Streater said at a news conference in Eagle this morning. "We have searched the area thoroughly and we have not found fins, fuses or arming wires which are key indicators of a bomb's presence."

The missing 500-pound bombs were on the A-10 Thunderbolt jet piloted by Capt. Craig Button that crashed in the mountains on April 2. Button was on a routine training mission when he suddenly broke from formation. Air Force investigators still don't have an explanation for Button's behavior.


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