VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - An unarmed operational test
Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was destroyed by
Vandenberg's Western Range officials at 3:06 a.m. PDT after launching
from Launch Facility 04 here July 27.
Air Force controllers detected a flight anomaly and terminated the
flight for safety reasons. When terminated, the vehicle was in the
broad ocean area, northeast of Roi-Namur.
"At all times public safety is paramount. We plan for situations like
this and everything was executed according to the plan," said Col.
Matthew Carroll, 30th Space Wing chief of safety. "Established
parameters were exceeded and controllers sent destruct commands."
The launch was an operational test to determine the weapon system's
reliability and accuracy.
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