U.S. Bomber Catches Fire At Base In Qatar

US Air Force B-1B Lancer jet bomber in flight, file photo
AP
The U.S. military said Friday that all four crew members safely evacuated from a B-1 bomber that caught fire after landing at an Air Force Base in the Middle East.

The Air Force says the bomber was taxiing after landing at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar and caught fire. Few details are available, although the Air Force says the aircraft was involved in a ground incident.

A State Department official says the B-1 bomber caught fire at the end of a runway and some of its munitions exploded, reports CBS News State Department reporter Charles Wolfson.

Al-Udeid is the headquarters of all American air operations in the Middle East. The incident is under investigation.

In February, a B-2 stealth bomber plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam, the first time one crashed, but both pilots ejected safely.