Air Force grounds B-1B Lancer fleet after emergency landing

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – U. S. Air Force Global Strike Command has grounded the B-1B Lancer fleet after one of the bomber made an emergency landing in Texas.

Gen. Robin Rand ordered the safety stand-down on Thursday. The air force says a safety investigation after the May 1 crash landing found a problem with seat components which ensured that the stand-down.

Air Force spokesperson Maj. Ethan Stoker says there are 62 B-1Bs in the fleet stationed at bases, including Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, Edwards Air Force Base in California, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

Colonel John Edwards, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth, said they are working on the problem closely with experts across the air force.

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