Released: February 20, 1998

Dyess 'stands down' B-1B flying operations

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - The 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas, had a flying "stand down" Feb. 19 so leaders could talk to wing people about the B-1B that crashed Feb. 18 and to also review operational and safety procedures.

The plane went down near Mattoon, Ky., about 1:45 p.m. CST. All four crewmembers ejected safely and are listed in good condition at nearby hospitals.

Lt. Col. Daniel J. Charchian, the pilot, and Capt. Kevin J. Schields, an instructor weapons systems officer, spent the night at Fort Campbell's Blanchfield Community Hospital for observation. Capt. Jeffery T. Sabella, the co-pilot, and 1st Lt. Bert G. Winslow, weapons system officer, spent the night at Vanderbilt University's hospital in Nashville for observation. Sabella and Winslow were transferred Thursday to the Fort Campbell hospital.

The aircraft accident investigation team is on-scene and a public report with their findings will be issued in about 90 days.

The B-1B was on a training mission at the time of the crash and there were no munitions on board. It took off shortly after 9 a.m. from Dyess and was expected back that afternoon. The flight plan included several common aspects of flight including air-to-air refueling and high- and low-level operations. The aircraft was flying on an approved FAA standard flight plan at approximately 20,000-feet altitude at the time of the incident.

Background information on the B-1B is available on the World Wide Web at

Air Combat Command Public Affairs, United States Air Force, ACC/PAI