B-52 drops engine in flight over North Dakota

A B-52 bomber from Minot AFB, N.D., performs a "touch-and-go" at Ellsworth AFB.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Air Force says it's investigating after an engine dropped from a B-52 bomber during a training mission over North Dakota this week.

Officials at the Minot Air Force Base say an in-flight emergency was declared Wednesday and the crew landed the plane safely with no injuries to the five members on board.

Maj. Jamie Humphries tells KFGO the plane was not carrying any weapons. Humphries says it could take several months to determine the cause of the incident. The Air Force says the engine fell in a remote area about 25 miles northeast of the Minot base.