Ellsworth Flights Resuming After B-1B Crash
by Associated Press
August 22, 2013 10:43 AM
Flights are resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana.
The two pilots and two weapons system officers safely ejected from the aircraft Monday morning before the bomber crashed near Broadus, Mont.
28th Bomb Wing Commander Col. Kevin Kennedy says the base on Monday temporarily shut down flights until his maintenance and operations group commanders could ensure that they could safely resume.
Kennedy says leaders have reviewed all facets of the flying program, and he has concluded that it's safe to resume normal flying operations.
Kennedy says the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Ellsworth is one of only two bases in the U.S. that have B-1B crews.