Four senior United States Air Force officers have been relieved of their command after nuclear missiles were mistakenly flown between two bases in America. Dozens more Air Force personnel have had their permission to handle nuclear weapons withdrawn. Six cruise missiles, armed with nuclear warheads, were loaded onto a B-52 bomber and flown between North Dakota and Louisiana.
The incident, which happened in August this year, prompted an immediate investigation. The Air Force has admitted normal procedures for the handling and transport of nuclear arms were not followed. The plane crew were unaware they were carrying nuclear warheads.