Directed by Alvaro Ron, “Palomares” details, partly through an interview with its reserve pilot Major Larry G. Messinger, how on Jan. 17, 1966 a B52 bomber of the U.S. Air Force collided in mid-air with a Kc-135 tanker plane during a re-fueling mission. Four hydrogen bombs with 75-times the destructive force of Hiroshima fell to earth around a picturesque fishing village in eastern Spain, Palomares.
Some 1,600 military personnel from the most modern army in the world suddenly descended on Palomares, a village with gravel roads and no TV. Three bombs, undetonated, are found quickly.
But two, whose casings are broken, release plutonium dust into the air.
As the U.