MOODY AIR FORCE BASE — During a routine training mission, an A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 23rd Fighter Group suffered a bird strike which caused an inadvertent release of three BDU-33s, a small non-explosive training munition, Monday afternoon, according to base officials.
The exact location is unknown but the suspected area is located 54 miles southwest of Moody Air Force Base in the general vicinity of two kilometers west of U.S. Highway 129 near Suwannee Springs in North Florida, Moody officials said.
No injuries or damages had been reported by Monday evening. The incident is still under investigation, base officials said.
The BDU-33 is a 25-pound training munition used to simulate the M1a-82 500-pound bomb. It is approximately 22 and a half inches long and is blue in color.
Although the training munition is inert, it is equipped with a small pyrotechnic charge and should not be handled.
If the training munition is found, do not approach it, take note of the location, leave the area and keep others away, base officials said.
Then, people are asked to contact the 23rd Wing Command Post, 229-257-3501, or local authorities.