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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Air Force Halts Training Flights

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Force halted all training flights for 24 hours to study safety following six military air accidents in a week, including Friday's crash of a B-1 bomber in Montana.


The Air Force's Air Combat Command ordered a worldwide "stand-down" Monday of fighter and bomber training flights ahead of next Friday's scheduled day-long training halt by other Air Force units because of the bomber crash, which killed all four crewmen.


It did not halt operational flights such as U.S. fighter missions over Bosnia and over "no-fly" zones in northern and southern Iraq, he said.


Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, where the B-1 was based, said over the weekend they were investigating the crash in southeastern Montana.


The previous five military accidents included the apparent collision of an Air Force C-141 cargo jet and a German plane off the coast of Africa, the mid-air break up of an F-117A stealth fighter at an air show near Baltimore and the collision of two Air Force F-16s off the New Jersey coast. A Marine Corps F/A-18 also crashed in North Carolina and a Navy F/A-18 went down in Oman.