Satellite images show a B-2 bomber that crashed Tuesday at Whitman Air Force Base in Missouri.
At $2bn, this aircraft is one of the most expensive and dangerous weapons of the US military.
According to Air Force spokeswoman Jennifer Green, the crashed landing occurred at around 12.30 a.m. Tuesday when the plane was on a routine training mission and experienced an “in-flight malfunction.” KMBC 9 News reported.
daily Mail informed of That the aircraft had a hydraulic failure and that its port main landing gear had collapsed as the aircraft was about to land – causing the B-2 to veer off the runway and its wing into the ground. This version of events has not been confirmed by the Air Force, but satellite images from Planet Labs Inc. show the plane on the ground with its wing on the side of the runway.
No injuries or fire have been reported. The Federal Aviation Administration has set a range of six miles and 8,000 ft. established a temporary flight restriction zone with [2,438 metres] “To provide a safe environment for accident investigations” in the sky. The ban will end at 8 pm on Friday.
Of the 21 B-2 bombers ever built, 20 remain after a crash in Guam in 2008. KMBC reported that the Missouri B-2 has been stationed at the base since 1993. It is not clear how damaged the plane was in the crash landing.
Whitman joined the base with several B-2 aircraft Norwegian The government for a successful operation and earlier this year were deployed on a mission to Iceland and the UK.
United States Air Force Commander in Europe and Air Force Africa, General Jeffrey Harrisian, said the August deployment “demonstrates the value of our continued presence and relationships,” adding that “what our collective airmen achieve on these missions is great.” It is important for us to maintain alliances and agility as we move into the future”.
Drive told The material used to make B-2 could be toxic during an accident. The stealth bomber can carry both nuclear and conventional weapons.
In the 2008 Guam crash, two pilots survived and the plane had no ammunition. By the end of an investigation, the remaining 20 B-2 bombers were grounded for two months after an unsuccessful take-off.
Investigation revealed that the heavy rain had damaged the speed and altitude sensor.
The model was developed in the late 1970s during the presidency of Jimmy Carter.
Granthshala has reached out to the Air Force for comment.
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