Air Force investigating crash of B-2 bomber

The Air Force investigated the first crash of a costly B-2 stealth bomber after one plunged to the ground Saturday on Guam shortly after beginning the last flight of a four-month deployment.

Both pilots ejected safely, though one was transferred to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu to be treated for spinal compression, said Tech. Sgt. Tom Czerwinski of Pacific Air Force’s public affairs office in Hawaii.

Four of the bombers were taking off at the end of deployment to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, officials said. At least one had taken off safely but was brought back after the crash.

The distinctive, batlike B-2 is described as a “multi-role bomber” that blends stealth technology with a highly efficient aerodynamic design. It is able to deliver large payloads at great range and has been used in combat over Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Each costs about $1.2 billion to build. The three that did not crash were being kept on Guam, said Maj. Eric Hilliard at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

A board of officers is investigating what caused the 10:30 a.m. crash, the first by a B-2 bomber, said Capt. Sheila Johnston, a spokeswoman for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.


Man saves obstinate woman from blaze

A man who kicked down a door to rescue a woman from a burning building in Ogden, Utah, was surprised at the greeting he received.

“She was mad at me for coming in,” said Allen Donehoo, a deliveryman who noticed smoke billowing out of the building Friday.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry, there’s a fire,’ and tried to get her out. She wasn’t coming too easily,” he said.

Smoke was entering the basement apartment even as the woman resisted Donehoo’s rescue attempt.

Donehoo said she was worried about her cats, which he thinks were all rescued.

“I don’t think she realized the severity of it,” he said. “The whole top of the building was in flames.”

The woman’s apartment was one of three in the building. Investigators believe an unattended candle in one of the other apartments started the fire. There were no injuries.

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