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U.S. bomber remains at Melbourne Airport until Tuesday
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09:01, March 09, 2009

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A U.S. Air Force bomber which landed Saturday night will stay at Melbourne Airport until Tuesday.

The B1B Lancer bomber, which carries conventional and nuclear arms over long distances, landed about 9:25 p.m. local time on Saturday after blowing a tyre while landing there.

The plane was one of two Lancer bombers en route to the Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport to be held in Melbourne on March 10-15.

Although one Lancer landed at Avalon Airport as scheduled, the second one arrived late and was diverted to Melbourne Airport.

Australian Associated Press quoted U.S. Air Force Captain Renee Lee as saying that when the bomber landed, it had a slight maintenance issue. It had a flat tyre, but it was nothing major and it was not an emergency landing.

"It is scheduled to fly back to Avalon on Tuesday," Lee said.

Lancer bombers are about 45 meters long and weigh more than 86 tons.


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