Moment $316m B-1B Lancer bomber is consumed by flames at Texas

Moment $316m B-1B Lancer bomber is consumed by flames at Texas base after catching fire during maintenance leaving two people suffering from minor injuries: Entire fleet was grounded in 2021 over fueling issues.



A B-1B Lancer bomber erupted into a massive fireball at the Dyess Air Force Base in Texas on Wednesday during a routine engine check, injuring two people
The $316m aircraft was parked on the flightline before the fiery explosion
It is believed to have gone up during refueling, although further details about exactly what happened have yet to emerge
The entire fleet was withdrawn from service last year due to faults with its fueling process.


A B-1B Lancer bomber erupted into a massive fireball at the Dyess Air Force Base in Texas on Wednesday during a routine engine check, injuring two people.

The $316m aircraft was parked on the flightline before the fiery explosion that took place around 10 pm.


It is believed to have gone up during refueling, although further details about exactly what happened have yet to emerge.

Footage posted on Facebook showed the jet ablaze. The entire fleet was withdrawn from service last year due to faults with its fueling process.

The two people that were injured were transported to Hendrick Medical Center South suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and have since been released.


Airman First Class Josiah Brown told DailyMail.com that they do not yet know the cause of the fire and if the aircraft is recoverable.

'We don't know if the aircraft is beyond repair. There is an investigation,' Brown said, who explained that 14,000 military personnel and families live on the base located in Abilene, Texas.

On the same day, a dramatic video captured the fiery explosion that was posted to the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) and Non-Commissioned Officer's (NCO) Facebook page.

The caption reads: 'Dyess AFB B-1 engine blew up.' The wing is looking into the recording's authenticity.

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