Since 1950, there have been 32 nuclear weapon accidents, known as “Broken Arrows.” A Broken Arrow is defined as an unexpected event involving nuclear weapons that result in the accidental launching, firing, detonating, theft or loss of the weapon. To date, six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered.
This is a PUBLICLY AVAILABLE LIST, before the U.S. DoD stopped providing such information. Two incidents of which I had personal knowledge are not on this list (ref. A Personal Near Miss. ) and submitted FOIAs about these two have received no responses. How many more have gone unreported??? ~ Don Chapin, Capt. Ret’d, USAF)
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