Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Pentagon: B1-Bomber went down in the Indian Ocean
The Pentagon said Wednesday that a U.S. B-1 bomber crashed in the Indian Ocean and that a rescue mission was under way.
A U.S. Air Force KC-10 is orbiting the crash site and has the rescue strobe in sight and voice communications with at least one crew member. B-1 bombers carry a crew of four and have the capability for all crew members to eject in the event of a problem.
"We are focused on getting proper assets to find the crew and rescue them," said Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said the bomber went down en route to Diego Garcia, an island where some U.S. warplanes involved in the Afghan air campaign are based.
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4551 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
It seems that the crew of the B1 radioed that they were having engine problems. They went down about 30-40 miles Northwest of Diego Garcia, so I don't believe that a failed tanker hookup caused the problem. From what I have heard, a KC-10 happened to be nearby when the B-1 went down and acted as a search and rescue platform and kept in communication with the downed men until the USN arrived on the scene.
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