A B-1 bomber crash occurred this morning after the aircraft ran into trouble in the skies over a remote area of Montana. The B-1 bomber crew escaped the crash by ejecting out of their seats, according to CBS News on Aug. 19. They were seen coming down strapped into parachutes by residents of the area.
The crash happened Monday morning near the town of Broadus, Montana, which is a rural area in the southeast part of the state. While it is not known what the trouble was that abruptly brought the B-1 Bomber to its demise, the two pilots and two weapon systems specialists were given enough time with a warning that they needed to eject from their seats.
People in the area report seeing "several" parachutes coming down in a remote area of this county. Ranchers in the area report seeing plumes of smoke where the B-1 bomber went down. Ekalaka residents said that the emergency sirens went off in their town, which alerted their volunteer fire department. They responded to the crash, along with the Carter County Sheriff's office.
According a spokesperson with Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, all four people survived with minor injuries. They did not have any other information available for the public at this time. Ellsworth AFB is the home of the 28th Bomb Wing, which maintain and fly 28 B-1 bombers. Two of the Air Force's three B-1 combat squadrons also call Ellsworth Air Force Base their home base.
Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander released a statement which included:
"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," "Right now all of our thoughts and prayers are with the crews and their families."