Sept 15, 2021: The US Air Force’s most expensive bomber, the B-2 Stealth, worth $2billion, crashed on the runway during an emergency landing.
The Air Force Global Strike Public Affairs Unit said the plane was on a routine training mission when it had to land at Whitman Air force base in the US state of Missouri at about 12:30 a.m. due to a “flight malfunction.”
The two pilots were safe. No one was killed or injured in the crash, but the plane suffered minor damage. The Air Force Global Strike Public Affairs Unit said the incident was being investigated.
Officials said that pilots had to land after an in-flight malfunction during a routine training. Nobody was injured and there was no fire once the bomber landed. The incident involving the B-2 happened around 12.30am and unfolded in a temporary flight restriction six miles in all directions and 8,000ft from the ground up set by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA said that the the restriction would allow ‘to provide a safe environment for an accident investigation’ of the B-2 crash landing and is set to be lifted September 17 at 8pm.
It is not know yet to what degree the B2 bomber at Whiteman Base sustained damage.
‘A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit experienced and [sic] in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission and was damaged on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, after an emergency landing,’ said Air Force Global Strike Command said.
‘The incident is under investigation and more information will be provided as it becomes available,’ they added.
The only crash reported of a B-2 bomber happened in 2008, when one aircraft of the model was departing from Guam. At the time of the crash no munitions were on board and the two pilots survived the accident. All remaining 20 B-2 were kept from flying for almost two months until an investigation was conducted. It was found that the crash had been caused by heavy rains that affected sensors in charge of calculating speed and altitude.
‘What our collective Airmen accomplish on these missions is vital to our alliance and maintaining agility as we move into the future,’ said Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander.
A B-2 Spirit assigned to @Whiteman_AFB conducts air refueling operations with an @RAFMildenhall KC-135 Stratotanker over the Atlantic. U.S. forces operate across the globe, remaining flexible and agile for rapid response to changes in operational environments.@AFGlobalStrike pic.twitter.com/JRe7L4AoVL
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) September 12, 2021
Spanning an imposing 170 feet and capable of unleashing awesome destruction, the B-2 Spirit aircraft are capable of carrying either conventional or nuclear warheads.
The model was developed under the Advanced Technology Bomber during Jimmy Carter’s administration.
The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was designed during the Cold War as the world’s first ever ‘low-observable or ‘stealth’ strategic bomber.’ It can deliver both conventional and nuclear ammunition, and brings massive firepower to bear anywhere on the globe through previously impenetrable defenses and because of its small size, it’s an strategic weapon to filter and penetrate air defenses.
Many details about the B-2 design remain classified and have not been revealed to the public, but it is known that the model has a crew of two pilots.
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