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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