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A US Air Force bomber has made an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport.
The B1B Lancer bomber, which can carry conventional and nuclear arms over a large distance, landed at about 9.25pm (AEDT) on last night after reporting problems with its landing gear.
Originally posted by SuperSlovak
I'd rather see a bomber make a emergency landing then blow up a city.
The US Air Force says the landing should not have been classed as an emergency and the plane was diverted to Melbourne because the Avalon airstrip was closed.
Colonel Dennis Malser says the plane blew a tyre on landing but it was not dangerous.
"We train for that every day, for emergency procedures, which is not a big deal, it just blew one of the tyres," he said.
"They landed the airplane safely, they pulled it off and they fix the airplane as we speak."
The plane was on the north-south runway for about half an hour after landing about 9:30pm AEDT.
It has since been moved, but remains at Melbourne airport awaiting a tow from Avalon.
Once that arrives, it will be moved to another area of the airport for investigation and repairs.
Flights from Melbourne Airport are running as scheduled.
The B1B Lancer bomber, which can carry conventional and nuclear arms over a large distance...