World War II B-17 Plane Crashes At Connecticut Bradley International Airport – Multiple fatalities and multiple injuries were reported after World War II B-17 plane crashed shortly after takeoff, on Wednesday at Bradley International Airport.
World War II B-17 Plane Crashes At Connecticut Bradley International Airport:
The FAA said in a statement, read, “A vintage Boeing B-17 crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., at 10 a.m. It is a civilian registered aircraft, not flown by the military.”
The statement added, “Local officials will release information about the people aboard. Officials have closed Bradley International Airport, and the FAA has put in a ground stop for flights that are destined for the airport.”
James Rovella, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection said, “There are fatalities, of which I will not tell you the number yet because during this investigation, it is far too early to discuss.”
— The FAA (@FAANews) October 2, 2019
World War II B-17 Plane Crash Cause:
There were 13 people on board the civilian-registered aircraft World War II B-17 at the time, including 10 passengers and three crew members, authorities said.
Due to the nature of the crash and resulting fire, “Victims are very difficult to identify,” James Rovella said, “We don’t want to make a mistake.”
At least two people have died and more were seriously injured and one person in a maintenance building also was injured, after the World War II B-17 bomber crashed shortly before 10 a.m., bursting into flames and sending up a large plume of deep black smoke that could be seen for miles.
The flight took off at 9:45 a.m. before the pilot indicated to the tower the aircraft was “experiencing some kind of problem.”, authorities said. The plane tried to return to the airport when it crashed at 9:54 p.m, at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land and slammed into a building used to house the airport’s deicing equipment.
The Bradley airport statement said, “We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available,”
The FAA issued a ground stop for the airport, preventing planes from departing for Bradley, announced via twitter, “Bradley Airport reopened Runway 15/33 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Runway 6/24 remains closed for the investigation into the B-17 accident this morning.”
Update World War II era B17 Flying Fortress belonging to Collings Foundation crashed at end of Runway 06 while attempting to land at Bradley Int’l Airport according to the FAA. It’s a civil aircraft, not flown by the military. A ground stop is now in place at the airport. pic.twitter.com/ztn33lurnV
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) October 2, 2019
BREAKING: The Collings Foundation's 1944-vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 'Nine-O-Nine' NL93012 has crashed on landing at Bradley/Windsor Locks, Connecticut (KBDL). The airport is currently closed. Extent of injuries not yet known.
— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) October 2, 2019
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@KaitMcGrathNBC) October 2, 2019