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    MOJAVE DESERT CALIFORNIA & VARIOUS, USA

    A United States Air Force bomber crashed on August 29, killing one crew member and injuring tow others.

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    1. GV B-1 bomber taxiing. 0.08
    2. SV INTERIOR Flight deck. 0.12
    3. GV B-1 bomber takes off. 0.20
    4. AVs Bomber in flight. (2 SHOTS) 0.31
    5. GV Bomb released from bomb bay. 0.36
    6. GVs B-1 bomber taking on fuel in mid-air from tanker aircraft. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
    AUGUST 29 - MOJAVE DESERT
    7. AVs Charred plane wreckage. (3 SHOTS) 1.29
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    Background: MOJAVE DESERT CALIFORNIA & VARIOUS, USA

    A United States Air Force bomber crashed on August 29, killing one crew member and injuring tow others. The unarmed jet, a B1-A prototype, was on its 127th test flight, and went down in the Mojave Desert about 60 kilometres north-east of Los Angeles. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. And it was not clear why the death and two injuries occurred after the plane's safety capsule had apparently safely ejected the crew from the bomber. The 200 million dollar aircraft crashed in a sparsely-populated area of the desert north-east of California's Edwards Air Force Base. Air Force officials said the plane was believed to be testing high-advance equipment. The B1-A has moveable wings, can carry nuclear air-to-surface missiles, nuclear bombs and other weapons. An Air Force spokesman said the crash would not halt production of the aircraft, which has become a campaign issue in this year's US election run-up. Democratic presidential contender Walter Mondale has said he will cancel the B-1 programme, while President Ronald Reagan has criticised his rival for that stance, saying the B-1 is necessary to US defences. The B1-A is a forerunner of the B1-B, which is intended as a replacement for the B-52 fleet, which is now 25 years old. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter cancelled the B-1 programme in 1977. The B1-B programme was introduced by President Reagan in 1981, and the crash came only days before the first of the new planes was due to roll off the production line. A spokesman for manufacturers Rockwell International said the crashed plane, built in 1976, had been modified so that its handling characteristics were the same as those of the B1-B.

    Source: NBC (U)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7A5C0DYPRVC5BMRJS02QEE5QA
    Media URN:
    VLVA7A5C0DYPRVC5BMRJS02QEE5QA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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