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A “crimped” part prevented an ejection seat from a stricken B-1B Lancer bomber from firing in May during an in-flight emergency, forcing the aircrew to land the bomber rather than abandon a stranded crew member, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters on Tuesday.

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The Air Force has grounded its fleet of B-1B Lancers after an ejection seat reportedly malfunctioned on a crippled bomber last month, forcing the pilots to try to land the plane with a blown emergency hatch after one of the aircrew was unable to eject.

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