Air Force B-1 bomber stand down to end

A 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing prepares to launch a strike mission from Al Udeid AIr Base, Qatar, April 13, in support of the multinational response to Syria's recent use of chemical weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

ELLSWORTH AFB, S.D. (KEVN) - The Air Force’s B-1 fleet, including Ellsworth Air Force Base’s two squadrons of bombers, will be back in the air this week following a stand down to due ejection component problems.

The bombers were grounded June 7 so the Air Force could replace egress components in the fleet. That process is almost complete.

“We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force Commander, said in a release.

The Air Force did not release what the specific issue is with the components; stating that the safety investigation is ongoing.

The faulty components were discovered after a May 7 inflight emergency with a Dyess AFB, Texas, bomber. The bomber was forced to land at the Midland, Texas, airport instead of its base.

A photo published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram shows that an emergency egress hatch is missing on the plane.