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Ellsworth B-1B crashes on Montana training flight; crew ejects safely

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The B-1B crash site near Broadus The B-1B crash site near Broadus

Two Ellsworth AFB pilots and two weapons system officers from the 28th Bomb Wing are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Spearfish and Rapid City Regional Hospitals after their B-1B Lancer crashed this morning near Broadus, Montana.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Col. Kevin Kennedy said the priority now is to investigate the site of the crash.  Kennedy says for now, there is no flying in the Powder River training area near Broadus, and Kennedy grounded remaining B-1s at Ellsworth.  "We have stood down flying until my maintenance operation group commanders come back to me and we feel we are at a place to safely execute the flying as scheduled and we'll do so."

There was no communication between the crew members and Ellsworth controllers prior to ejection that occurred at around 9:30 AM.

The aircraft price tag is roughly $300 million, and Kennedy added, "no one likes to lose an aircraft and we're gunna look into it, these are prized resources for our nation and we do everything that we can to make sure that we them back safely along with our aviators. In this situation we get the 4 aviators back, but unfortunately we weren't able to bring back the aircraft."

A full investigation has been started, Kennedy says.  The first priority on Monday is the welfare of the crew followed by securing the accident scene.

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