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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Air Force Grounds All B-1B Bombers

June 28, 1992|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Air Force has grounded all 97 of its B-1B bombers pending investigation of an engine malfunction in one of the aircraft, the service said. The malfunction occurred shortly after one of the bombers took off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas on June 19, said Maj. Susan Hankey, a spokeswoman for the Air Force. The craft returned safely to the base, she said. The Air Force and the engine's manufacturer, General Electric, are investigating the malfunction, and preliminary results are to be evaluated Monday, she said.

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