B-1 bomber crashes while trying to land at base in South Dakota, Air Force says

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By journalsofus.com

Washington — A B-1 Lancer bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota crashed Thursday, ejecting all four crew members, the Air Force said.

The B-1 crashed “at approximately 5:50 p.m. today while attempting to land at the facility. At the time of the accident, it was on a training mission. There were four crew members on board. All four were ejected from safely,” he said on the 28th. Bomb Wing in Ellsworth said in a statement.

Undated photo of a US Air Force B-1 bomber.

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At the time of the accident, visibility was poor, with below-freezing temperatures and low clouds, according to automated weather reporting equipment recording airfield conditions.

The B-1 is a conventional supersonic bomber that first entered service in the 1980s. It has been used to support the US bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region and to perform close air support missions in US operations. in Afghanistan. It does not carry nuclear weapons.

While 100 were originally built, fewer than 60 remain in service, at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and Ellsworth Air Force Base.

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