Dyess Air Force Base, Texas --
At approximately 10 p.m. on April 20, a Dyess Air Force Base B-1B Lancer caught fire during routine engine maintenance while parked on the flightline.
Emergency response personnel arrived immediately and contained the scene. Two individuals were injured and transported to Hendrick Medical Center South with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
The safety and welfare of all Airmen and members of Team Dyess is the top priority at America’s Lift and Strike base.
“We are so grateful that all members of Team Dyess involved have been treated and are now safely back at home. Thank you to our first responders who arrived immediately on scene and executed a real-world emergency response with the same level of professionalism and proficiency as they do in training,” said Col. Joseph Kramer, 7th Bomb Wing commander. “Our B-1 fleet and warfighters remain ready to execute any long-range strike mission.”
Cleanup operations have begun, and base officials ask for all personnel's cooperation to remain out of the affected area until complete.
More information will be released as it becomes available. Direct questions to Dyess Air Force Base Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-696-4820.