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Ellsworth AFB crew survives B-1B Bomber crash in Montana

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COURTESY:  Billy Stuver  Powder River Examiner COURTESY: Billy Stuver Powder River Examiner
COURTESY:  Billy Stuver  Powder River Examiner COURTESY: Billy Stuver Powder River Examiner

The crew of a B-1B bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base survived a crash near Broadus, MT Monday morning.

A spokesperson with the Ellsworth Air Force Base said the crash happened Monday morning near Broadus, MT during a routine training mission. There were two pilots and two weapon systems officers on board.

All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries.

"We are actively working to ensure the safety of the crew members and have sent first responders to secure the scene and work closely with local authorities at the crash site," Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander, said in a news release. "Right now all of our thoughts and prayers are with the crews and their families,"

Residents of Ekalaka say the emergency sirens in that town were activated between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to alert the volunteer fire department of the crash.

Ekalaka residents told KTVQ, neighboring ranchers reported seeing several parachutes deploy from the plane and an explosion before the plane crashed.

Ellsworth AFB is the home of the 28th Bomb Wing. They maintain and fly 28 B-1 bombers and are home to two of the Air Force's three B-1 combat squadrons.

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