Accident Rockwell B-1B Lancer 85-0078, Friday 19 September 1997
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Date:Friday 19 September 1997
Time:15:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Rockwell B-1B Lancer
Owner/operator:US Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 85-0078
MSN: 38
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Alzada, MT -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Ellsworth AFB
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Crashed during a daytime training flight.

The crash was caused by an excessive sink rate that developed while the crew was performing an authorized, often-practiced defensive maneuver. The pilot had slowed and made a sharp turn at low altitude during a defensive countermeasures and simulated bombing mission, when the aircraft struck the ground, killing all four crewmembers.

Sources:

Scramble 221
https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/systems/b-1b-loss.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/20/us/b-1-crashes-in-montana-another-blow-for-pentagon.html

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2012 13:10 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative, ]
04-Jan-2018 12:36 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, ]
04-Jan-2018 12:47 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, ]
04-Jan-2018 12:54 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative, ]
23-Jun-2019 12:09 Anon. Updated [Location, ]
23-Jun-2019 12:15 NateWilburn Updated [Location, ]

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