Posted April 08, 2018 03:21:18 A train carrying trainees from the Army’s basic training program will be on its way to a military base in the central California desert after it was forced to make a detour through a wildfire.
The train, carrying a handful of Army soldiers and a few other members of the military, stopped at the San Bernardino Airport Monday morning to take part in a routine training exercise, a Department of Defense official said.
The plane took off from a hangar at the California Air National Guard Base in Bakersfield, California, and headed to the desert at a speed of about 70 miles per hour, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the train was not authorized to fly.
It was the first time that the train had traveled through a major wildfire in the state, according to the official, who was not authorised to discuss the train’s route publicly.
Aerial footage showed flames engulfing the train as it made its way along the highway and as it drove along an open road, and flames could be seen from the air as it passed overhead.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the train, the first military aircraft to take off in the desert, was forced by the blaze to take a detours through an open field and make a diversion to the runway of the base in an area of brush and trees.
The Army Corps did not immediately return a call for comment from Reuters.