There was a crew of four pilots on board the bomber at the time of the crash. Ellsworth Air Force Base is temporarily closed to flights.
On Thursday, January 4, an American B-1B Lancer strategic bomber crashed while attempting to land at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. This was reported by the US Air Force Global Strike Command, the Associated Press reports.
The accident occurred during a training flight. It is noted that at that moment there was bad weather and severe frost.
There was a crew of four pilots on board. They all ejected successfully and no one was injured.
Ellsworth Air Force Base is temporarily closed to flights. The reasons for the crash are not yet clear.
Note that the B-1 is a supersonic bomber; it was first put into service in the 1980s. It was used in the Asia-Pacific region and during operations in Afghanistan. The plane is not equipped with nuclear weapons. A total of 100 B-1 bombers were built, with at least 60 remaining in service at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.
Let us remind you that this is not the first crash of a US Air Force aircraft in the Pacific region in recent months. On November 29, an American V-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed off the coast of Japan, killing 8 servicemen. According to preliminary data, the cause of the accident was a technical malfunction, and not pilot error.
After the incident, by order of the Pentagon, all flights on Osprey aircraft were suspended. The military clarified that the refusal to fly tiltrotors would provide the opportunity and time to conduct a more thorough investigation.