The US Air Force has grounded the entire fleet of its B-1B bomber aircraft over safety concerns related to the warplane’s ejection seats.
The precautionary measure was adopted as “a direct result” of an emergency landing a B-1 bomber made on May 1 at Midland Airport in the southern state of Texas, US-based Military.com reported Saturday, citing Air Force officials.
“During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down,” the report added, quoting a statement released Friday by US Air Force Global Strike officials.
“As these issues are resolved, aircraft will return to flight,” the command noted in the statement, pointing out that a Safety Investigation Board is underway.
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