ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – The Air Force released additional information Friday morning on the four crew members who ejected from a B1 aircraft that crashed while landing at Ellsworth Air Force Base Thursday night.
The Air Force states that three of the crew members were treated on base for minor injuries and released. The fourth crew member on board was being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Wing Commander Col Derek Oakley said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the aircrew and their families as they recover from this event. It is important that we support each other as we work to learn more about what occurred.”
The aircraft crashed at approximately 5:50 p.m. Thursday while attempting to land during a routine training mission.
Visibility was poor, with freezing temperatures and low clouds, according to automated weather reporting equipment recording airfield conditions.
A board of officers will investigate the crash, aiming to determine the root cause and contributing factors.