EKALAKA – A United State Air Force B-1 bomber crashed on Monday morning in a remote area of southeast Montana but the crew of four escaped with minor injuries.
According a spokesperson with Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, the crash happened near Broadus in Carter County.
Residents of Ekalaka tell is that the emergency sirens in that town were activated between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to alert the volunteer fire department of the crash.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office has also confirmed that it is responding to the crash as well.
Ekalaka residents tell MTN that neighboring ranchers reported seeing several parachutes deploy from the plane and an explosion before the plane crashed.
Ranchers have told the residents there has been a plume of smoke rising into the sky.
Ellsworth AFB is the home of the 28th Bomb Wing. They maintain and fly 28 B-1 bombers and are home to two of the Air Forces’s three B-1 combat squadrons. There are roughly 60 B-1’s in the U.S. Air Force fleet.
We will update you as we learn more.
Photos above are from August 6th, when an Ellsworth B-1 was performing routine “touch and go” training at Logan International Airport in Billings.