The 1987 La Junta B-1 crash was a Strategic Air Command aviation accident in which a USAF bomber crashed after a bird strike during a Radar Bomb Scoring training mission to the Strategic Training Range Complex serviced by the La Junta Bomb Plot radar site. An American White Pelican struck the Rockwell B-1 Lancer traveling at 600 ft (180 m) and about 645 mph (1,038 km/h) with 6 military aboard, and the damage caused a fire. The instructor pilot took control and flew the B-1B to 3,500 ft after which the crash occurred.[1]

The copilot's ejection seat failed and 2 others in jump seats were unable to successfully bail out and were killed. The student defensive systems officer, student aircraft commander, and an instructor offensive systems officer successfully ejected and were treated for minor injuries at the USAF Academy hospital. A 5,000 ft (1,500 m) low-level restriction was temporarily enacted,[1] and modifications to increase the aircraft design limit for bird-strikes from 6 pounds to 10 pounds were complete by December 1988.


  • Aviation accidents and incidents in 1987 (1987)
  • 1988
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