31 Dec '13, 7pm

Mechanical malfunction caused fuel leak that downed B-1B

Mechanical malfunction caused fuel leak that downed B-1B

The explosions that caused a B-1B Lancer to crash in August occurred when a mechanical malfunction led to a fuel leak, investigators found. “There was no evidence that human factors contributed to the mishap,” the Accident Investigation Board report determined. The $318 million aircraft was destroyed when it crashed on Aug. 19 near Broadus, Mont., but all four crew members ejected safely with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report, which was released on Monday. The plane and crew both came from the 34th Bomb Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., the report says. On the day of the crash, the crew was conducting a post-deployment training flight. The plane was scheduled to begin 60 months of depot maintenance in just four weeks. The wings of B-1B bombers sweep back so that the plane can perform better at certain speeds, but when the pilo...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131231/NEWS/312310012

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