- A B-2 stealth bomber was damaged after making an emergency landing at a base in Missouri on Saturday.
- The bomber experienced an “in-flight malfunction during routine operations,” an official told Insider.
- Neither crew member was injured, the 509th Bomb Wing spokesman said.
A US Air Force stealth bomber was damaged on the runway after being forced to make an emergency landing at a base in Missouri over the weekend, but the bomber’s crew suffered no injuries, a manager confirmed.
The “B-2 Spirit experienced an in-flight malfunction during routine operations Dec. 10 and was damaged on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base after making an emergency landing,” a carrier said Monday. word of the 509th Bomb Wing to Insider in an email. .
“There was a fire associated with the plane after landing, and base firefighters extinguished the fire,” the official added, noting that “there were no injuries.” The plane has only two pilots, who both emerged unscathed.
Officials did not immediately release additional information about the extent of the damage to the bomber, or the specific causes of the emergency landing and subsequent fire. The incident is currently under investigation.
Saturday’s incident is the second time in the past 15 months that a B-2 aircraft has experienced an emergency at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, home to the 509th Bomb Wing and a fleet of B-2 bombers built to penetrate enemy air defenses and conduct both conventional and nuclear strikes.
On September 14, 2021, the left main landing gear collapsed on a B-2 bomber as it landed, causing it to skid off the runway and racking up an estimated repair cost of over $10 million.
The latest crash comes nearly two weeks after the Air Force publicly unveiled its first new stealth bomber in decades, the B-21 Raider, at a facility in Palmdale, Calif., earlier this month. . The sleek sixth-generation aircraft resembles its flying-wing predecessor, the B-2 Spirit heavy bomber which took to the skies in 1989, and is destined to play a vital role in the country’s bomber fleet.
Aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman calls the new B-21 “the most advanced military aircraft ever built.”