We’ve our first have a look at the B-1B bomber that crashed at Ellsworth Air Pressure Base in South Dakota final night time. The Air Pressure says the mishap occurred when the B-1 tried to land on the set up, which can also be its residence. You’ll be able to learn extra about what’s already identified about this mishap in The Warfare Zone‘s preliminary reporting right here.

The photographs of the crashed B-1B come from a webcam within the metropolis of Field Elder, which is located simply to the southeast of Ellsworth. The webcam is operated by NewsCenter1, a part of KNBN, an area tv station primarily affiliated with NBC.

We now have our first look at the B-1B bomber that crashed at Ellsworth Air Force Base on January 4, 2023.

One other view of the crashed B-1B at Ellsworth from the NewsCenter1 webcam. NewsCenter1 seize

The view from the webcam (the dwell stream from which could be discovered right here) exhibits the B-1B on its stomach on a patch of grass on the northern finish of Ellsworth between the bottom’s runway and the principle taxiway. The bomber has clearly suffered large injury, if it’s not completely destroyed. It’s laying on its stomach with the complete entrance nostril and fuselage part collapsed and/or burned out.

A map showing the approximate location of the crashed B-1B at Ellsworth. <em>Google Earth</em>

A map displaying the approximate location of the crashed B-1B at Ellsworth. Google Earth

A Discover to Air Missions (NOTAM) alert within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) on-line database says the bottom and the category D airspace above it stay closed. That NOTAM at the moment says it is going to expire on January 19.

A screenshot from the Federal Aviation Administration's NOTAM database showing details about the closure of Ellsworth and the airspace above it. <em>FAA</em>

A screenshot from the Federal Aviation Administration’s NOTAM database displaying particulars in regards to the closure of Ellsworth and the airspace above it. FAA

When requested immediately, the twenty eighth Bomb Wing’s Public Affairs Workplace instructed The Warfare Zone that it couldn’t at the moment present any further details about the crash or in regards to the working standing of Ellsworth.

“All 4 ejected safely,” based on an up to date press launch in regards to the incident that The Warfare Zone obtained immediately. “Three of the aircrew had been handled on base for minor accidents and launched, and one Airman [is] at the moment being handled at an area hospital for non-life threating [sic; threatening] accidents.”

“Our ideas and prayers are with the aircrew and their households as they get well from this occasion,” Air Pressure Col. Derek Oakley, head of the twenty eighth Bomb Wing, mentioned in an announcement. “It is vital that we assist one another as we work to study extra about what occurred.”

In any other case, the circumstances of the mishap stay unknown. A recording of South Dakota Freeway Patrol radio visitors on the time of the mishap does mentions the bomber struggling an “lively fireplace” and “some explosions.” Photos captured by people close to the bottom on the time are additionally circulating on social media that seem to point out at least one very massive shiny flash on the base across the time of the crash, in addition to what appears to be like to have been a major fireplace.


The B-1B power has been downsized from 62 to 45 airframes lately as a way to distribute funds to different priorities and to maintain the remaining jets in higher flying order. Flight envelope restrictions have additionally been placed on the fleet to increase the lives of the swing-wing jets as effectively as doable till their substitute, the B-21 Raider, is on-line in important numbers. Ellsworth is the primary base slated to obtain the Raider. Nonetheless, the B-1s are receiving further upgrades within the type of new avionics and weapons, which might embrace hypersonic cruise missiles.

The B-1Bs have suffered a lot of mishaps lately, particularly in regard to incidents of engine fireplace.

With 17 comparatively recent B-1Bs sitting within the boneyard, it is doable that this airframe shall be changed as a way to preserve the small fleet measurement of B-1Bs.

We’ll replace this story if and when extra details about this incident turns into out there.

Particular because of consumer @SR_Planespotter on X, previously Twitter, for bringing the webcam feed displaying the bomber to our consideration!

Contact the writer: joe@thedrive.com

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