The aircraft’s four-member crew ejected but sustained “some injuries,” the Air Force said. There were no reports of anyone on the ground being injured.
The aircraft, one of 66 in the Air Force’s B-1B inventory, is assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
"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, the wing’s commander.
Built by Rockwell International, now part of Boeing, the B-1B has been in service for over a quarter century and played a major role in recent U.S.-led military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was originally designed as a nuclear bomber but was converted to a conventional mission after the end of the Cold War.
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