The Air Force was forced to admit a pretty big mistake this week.
An Air Force jet accidentally dropped a rocket on the state of Arizona. Luckily, it was in the desert and it was an uninhabited area.
The incident, however, is currently under investigation.
“The rocket impacted in a desert wash in an uninhabited area under the Jackal Military Operations Area, which is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Tucson,” the Air Force announced on Thursday about the mishap.
There were no injuries and no damage caused by the mistake.
The rocket was dropped by an A-10C Thunderbolt II, which is more widely referred to as The Warthog. The jet was on a training mission, according to Air Force officials. The rocket dropped on the desert was a single white phosphorous M156. The M156 is used to conceal troop movements and identify targets. The rocket itself is about four-and-a-half feet long and weighs 23 pounds.
The jet took off on Thursday morning from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is located in Tucson, Arizona. The pilot of the jet was assigned to the 345th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing.
The rocket dropped about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Tucson. The accidental drop site was near Mount Graham and about halfway between Tucson and Phoenix. The rocket was dropped under the Jackal Military Operations Area, which supports training missions for Davis-Monthan and Luke Air Force bases.
However, the area that the rocket dropped is “not designated for munitions release,” according to the Air Force.
Social media users reacted to the mistake with a surprising amount of humor.
“Guess who will be refueling planes now,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another said, “Someone’s Air Force career may be over.”
“Just a training rocket, it will buff out,” another responded.
Another replied, “No one? I heard three cactus, two snakes, four scorpions and countless rocks were lost in this senseless tragedy. PETA is planning a fund raiser.”
“Well that pilot just made their last flight..LOL,” added another.
Another referenced the films “The Terminator” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” both classic films about machines turning on mankind.
“So Skynet or Hal are in charge of launching rockets now?” the user wrote.
Check out more reactions below:
“My bad” – Maverick pic.twitter.com/sTEuxuWENT
— Norm “Chosen One” D Guerre (@NormDGuerreIndy) September 6, 2019
Or was it ? lol pic.twitter.com/hZs3PxMNaE
— Rise_Up (@GotJuice_For_U2) September 6, 2019
— Life Waits For No1 (@PhoenycianWoman) September 6, 2019
— Jacques Cousteau (@hrd2believe10) May 31, 2019
Some social media users also responded by bringing up another memorable moment by a military jet from 2017. Navy officials were forced to admit that one of their pilots had drawn male genitalia in the sky after pictures began going viral on social media.
The most monumental thing to happen in omak. A penis in the sky pic.twitter.com/SM8k1tNYaj
— Anahi Torres (@anahi_torres_) November 16, 2017
That incident happened over the skies of Okanogan County, Washington.
“The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable,” officials said in response to the sky drawing.
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