1950s Missing Nuclear Bomb May Have Discovered Off Canadian Coast

Posted: Nov 9 2016, 6:16am CST | by , Updated: Nov 9 2016, 6:37am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

1950s Missing Nuclear Bomb May Have Discovered off Canadian Coast
The replica of the lost Mark IV at a Canadian Museum. Credit: Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
 

A Canadian diver claims to have found pieces of " TheLost Nuke" in the waters off Pitt Island.

A Canadian diver may have discovered a nuclear weapon that was disappeared off the coast of British Colombia after America's B-36 bomber crash in 1950. The bomb nicknamed “Lost Nuke” has not been found ever since.

Recently, a commercial diver named Sean Smyrichinsky was diving in the depths of remote Pitt Island in search of cucumbers when he stumbled across a massive mysterious object.

“I found this big thing underwater, huge, never seen anything like it before,” Smyrichinsky told the Sun Vancouver. “I came up telling all my buddies on the boat ‘Hey, I found a UFO. It’s really bizarre.’ And I drew a picture of it, because I didn’t have a camera.”

When friends told that it could be the famous Mark IV nuclear weapon on board B-36 bomber that crashed in the British Columbia during Cold War, Smyrichinsky looked up the photos of the bomb on internet and claimed that he saw something similar to that during his recent trip.

“It was "bigger than a king-size bed", perfectly flat on top with a rounded bottom and had a hole in the centre just "like a bagel.” the diver told BBC.

On February 14, 1950, a Convair B-36B was en route from Alaska to Texas to stimulate a nuclear strike when unexpectedly a dummy bomb dropped from the plane. The lost bomb weighted almost 11,000 pounds and was filled with lead, uranium and TNT, but not the plutonium necessary for a nuclear explosion.

The crew on board decided to leave the plane because it could not stay upright with three engines out of order while carrying a heavy payload. It was believed that the crew jettisoned the atomic bomb and exploded it in the mid-air over the Inside Passage. Most of the crew members could not survive during the incident while the wreckage of the plane was found near Alaskan boarder with British Colombia three years later.

 Canada's Department of National Defense have confirmed that the location of Snyrichinsky’s find is consistent with the site of 1950 crash but the remnants that were discovered probably belonged to the dummy B4 weapon which did not contain nuclear explosives.

The Royal Canadian Navy Ship will investigate the issue in coming few weeks and will confirm if it was the actual missing nuclear weapon.

 

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