November 10, 1988 |
The Air Force on Wednesday grounded the nation's fleet of B-1B long-range bombers for a precautionary safety inspection after a crash of one of the new planes in Texas. The Strategic Air Command, which is responsible for land-based nuclear bomber and missile forces, said the order to suspend flying was a "normal precaution" in the wake of a major accident.
November 9, 1988 |
A B-1B bomber crashed Tuesday on a training flight near Dyess Air Force Base in West Texas, the Air Force announced. The accident destroyed the $280-million plane but the four crewmen parachuted to safety. The bomber, which witnesses said trailed smoke and flames as it plummeted toward the ground, crashed at 3:23 p.m., about four miles north of Abilene, Tex. The four airmen were reported in good condition at a base hospital Tuesday night.