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ENGINE TROUBLE HALTS B-1B TRAINING FLIGHTS

The Air Force has halted all B-1B bomber training flights pending an investigation into two catastrophic engine failures in three months, the Strategic Air Command said Thursday.

Pentagon spokesman Bob Hall told reporters only training flights have been stopped and the fleet of 97 B-1B aircraft remains on strategic alert and usable.

A crippled B-1B was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas when the crew spotted a fire in the third engine. A similar incident involving a B-1B from McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., occurred Oct. 4 in Colorado.

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