The U.S. Air Force has grounded all its B-1 bombers as of June 7, following issues with ejection seat components.
The Air Force Global Strike Command ordered the safety stand-down of the B-1B Lancer fleet as of June 7, the Air Force announced in a release.
Air Force Global Strike Command has ordered its B-1 bombers to stand down after finding ‘an issue with ejection seat components’ https://t.co/IfLN1kI3qq
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“During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down,” the Air Force said. “As issues are resolved, aircraft will return to flight.”
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There is an ongoing Safety Investigation Board (SIB).
“The SIB’s purpose is to prevent future mishaps or losses and is comprised of experts who investigate the incident and recommend corrective actions,” the Air Force said. “The safety of Airmen is the command’s top priority. The Air Force takes safety incidents seriously and works diligently to identify and correct potential causes.”