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Whiteman runway damaged after B-2 makes emergency landing


WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE — A NOTAM, or Notice to Airmen, issued by Whiteman Air Force Base at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 alerted airmen the runway had been damaged by a fire that broke out after an in-flight malfunction necessitated an emergency landing of a B-2 Stealth bomber.

NOTAMs are issued to alert airmen to potential hazards along a flight route at an airport. The notice indicated WAFB’s sole runway, 01/19, was closed until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 16.

WAFB reported a fire broke out on the B-2 and was extinguished by WAFB fire crews.

There were no injuries, but the stealth bomber sustained damage.

The incident is under investigation. 

A late Monday press release by the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office confirmed the incident:

“A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit experienced an in-flight malfunction during routine operations Dec. 10 and was damaged on the runway at Whiteman Air Force Base after it successfully completed an emergency landing. There were no personnel injuries. There was a fire associated with the aircraft after landing, and the base fire department extinguished the fire.”