Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

Connecticut airport crash: At least six injured as B-17 bomber bursts into flames


The B-17 bomber crashed at around 10amET, with the airport currently closed, the Federal Aviation Administrtion said. At least six people from the crash have been taken to Hartford Hospital, according to local reports. The vintage aircraft crashed at the end of the runway as its pilot tried to land, the FAA said in a statement. 

 

The FAA also said the plane is a civilian-registered aircraft, and is not flown by the military.

Bradley International Airport said on Twitter it belongs to the Collings Foundation, which describes itself as a “non-profit educational foundation devoted to supporting living history events to encourage learning by participation”.

The wirport tweeted: “We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport. We have an active fire and rescue operation underway.

“The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.

The Collings Foundation said in a statement to CNN: ”Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight, and we will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley.

“The Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress and will comment further when details become known.”

The airport is in Windsor Locks, about a 15-mile drive north of Hartford.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.



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