RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Air Force says Ellsworth has moved an undisclosed number of its B-1 bombers to a Texas base so the unit can continue to train while the military is investigating why one of its bombers crashed.
The flights are the first since the Jan. 4 crash. The bomber was part of a two-ship training mission that was returning to the base. The lead bomber landed without incident.
The bomber was landing at night, during inclement weather when it crashed on approach, skidding down the runway before veering off. The four-person crew was able to eject but the bomber appears to be a total loss.
The unit’s deployment to Dyess AFB, Texas, includes several hundred airmen as well as the bombers. It is unknown when they would return to Ellsworth.