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USAF Suspends B-2 Operations Following Guam Accident

Fleet Available To Fly If Needed

It's not a "grounding," per se... but for the next day or so, the US Air Force would prefer not to fly its remaining 20-plane fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers, following the weekend crash of one of the stealthy aircraft in Guam.

As ANN reported, a B-2 went down shortly after takeoff from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. Both pilots were able to eject safely. It was the first-ever downing of a B-2.

The Air Force describes the move to suspend B-2 flights as a "temporary pause" to review safety procedures. Such a move is standard procedure when a military aircraft crashes for unexplained reasons, the Air Force stated, and gives pilots time to review safety procedures.

The fleet is available for immediate deployment if needed, officials told CNN.

There's no indication at this time whether the "safety pause" may lead to a stand-down or grounding of the Spirit fleet.



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