Bad for the bone

A B-1B from Ellsworth Air Force Base, similar to the one that crashed on monday. This picture was shot in uly 1997 at Fairford airbase, UK. (Image © Dennis Spronk)
A B-1B from Ellsworth Air Force Base, similar to the one that crashed on monday. This picture was shot in July 1997 at Fairford airbase, UK. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

This monday was bad to the Bone, as a USAF B-1B bomber crashed in Montana after its four crewmembers ejected to safety. The Bone came down in an uninhabited area near Broadus and was totally destroyed. The aricraft belonged to the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB.

The two pilots and two weapon system officers were taken to hospitals but none of them were seriously injured. The cause of the crash has not been reported. Ellsworth airbase has temporarily shut down flights until maintenance and operations group commanders ensure that they can safely resume.

The cost of a B-1B bomber is $283 million. The aircraft that crashed was built in 1985. The last time a B-1B was destroyed in a crash was on 12 December 12. All crew survived that crash as well.

Source: USAF