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B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 3:08 am

Details:

-No casualties reported.
-Down in the Indian Ocean.
-Pilots can easily eject from the B1 Bomber.
-No news sites have news yet.
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 3:10 am

sounds pretty interesting, glad too hear pilots ejected and are safe...
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 3:42 am

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.



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jabpilot
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 4:01 am

CNN reports, all four aboard rescued safely.

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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 4:09 am

Is Diego Garcia the base near Mauritius?
 
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 4:14 am

Is there any information about the reason for the loss?

Could easily be a failed tanker hookup?

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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 4:15 am

Is there any information about the reason for the loss?

Could easily be a failed tanker hookup?

Preben Norholm
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:02 am

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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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:05 am

The crew on the B1B was in the ocean for 2 hours.
They had a live interview with Captain William Steele in the Pentagon earlier today. It was on CNN.

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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:18 am

This isn't the first time that the B-1B has suffered problems with it's GE F101 engines.
 
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RE: B1B Bomber Down In Indian Ocean

Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:30 am

LOL, TEDSKI!!!

Always true to form...