A MILITARY bomber erupted in flames at a US Air Force Base, creating a massive fireball that left two hurt.
A B-1B Lancer caught fire at Dyess Air Force Base in Taylor County, Texas, during routine engine maintenance on Wednesday evening.
The bomber was parked on the flight line when flames engulfed the B-1B Lancer.
Two individuals were injured in the blaze and transported to Hendrick Medical Center South with non-life-threatening injuries, the Air Force Base said.
Footage from the scene showed the bomber engulfed in flames, creating a giant fireball.
“We are so grateful that all members of Team Dyess involved have been treated and are now safely back at home,” Col. Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander, heißt es in einer Pressemitteilung.
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“Our B-1 fleet and warfighters remain ready to execute any long-range strike mission.”
The B-1B Lancer – oft called the “Bone” – is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy bomber used by the US Air Force.
It is one of three strategic bombers serving in the US Air Force fleet, along with the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress.
The bomber first served in combat during Operation Desert Fox in 1998 and again during the NATO action in Kosovo the following year.