US Air Force B-1B crashes in Montana

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A US Air Force Rockwell International B-1B Lancer bomber assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, crashed near Broadus, Montana on 19 August. The four-engined supersonic bomber was on a routine training mission according to the USAF.

All four crew-members, including two pilots and two weapon systems officers, safely ejected, although sustained some injuries in the process.

"We are actively working to ensure the safety of the crew members and have sent first responders to secure the scene and work closely with local authorities at the crash site," says Col Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander.

The air force will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. The service has 66 B-1s remaining in its inventory.