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B-1 bomber crash: Crew members survive crash in Montana

B-1 bomber crash: Crew members survive crash in Montana
B-1 bomber crash: Crew members survive crash in Montana
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The crew involved in a B-1 bomber crash in southeast Montana has survived. The crew ejected safely before the plane they were flying crashed in a remote area near Broadus. According to CBS News on August 19, 2013, each of the four crew members escaped with minor injuries.

'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,' said Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander.

The U.S. Air Force plane involved in the B-1 bomber crash is not part of Ellsworth AFB 28th Bomb Wing, it was actually based out of South Dakota. Locals heard sirens around 9 a.m. this morning. Some ranchers spotted parachutes open from the plane as well just before the crash occurred. The plane left a massive charred area where it went down

An investigation into the B-1 bomber crash will be made by both the Air Force and Ellsworth AFB. Only 60 B-1's are left in existence. Two out of three remaining B-1 combat squadrons call Ellsworth AFB home; the other squadron is based in South Dakota, where the crashed plane came from.

This is the third aircraft lost by the Air Force this summer. It is also the second plane to crash from the same base as well.

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