The US Air Force is four days into a grounding order for its Rockwell B-1B Lancers. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) ordered the grounding on Thursday June 7, across the fleet, including B-1s that are deployed on combat operations.
AFGSC says it has discovered problems with ejection seat components during inspections following an incident on May 1 when a B-1B serial 86-0109 of the 7th Bomb Wing from Dyess AFB, Texas, made a cautionary diversion to Midland International Air and Space Port.
The diversion was made following an engine flameout on a routine sortie. Photographs on the ground at Midland showed fire damage around one of the engine compartments, while the escape hatch above the weapon systems officer’s position was missing.