A world war II era b17 bomber “Flying Fortress crashed wednesday at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Lock, Connecticut at around 9:54am killing 7 of those on board.
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KADN reports that a vintage World War II plane crashed shortly after takeoff, erupted into flames and killed people on board Wednesday at Bradley International Airport, just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, authorities said.
“There were fatalities,” State Police Commissioner James Rovella told reporters, while not specifying exactly how many were killed. “Victims are very difficult to identify, we don’t want to make a mistake.”
The flight took off at 9:45 a.m. before reporting five minutes later that it was having difficulties, authorities said.
“We observed that the aircraft was not gaining altitude,” Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon said.
The plane tried to return to the airport when it crashed at 9:54 a.m., officials said.
Another person on the ground was injured when the plane slid off the runway and slammed into a building used to house the airport’s deicing equipment, officials said.
At least seven people are dead after the crash according to CNN thirteen people — 10 passengers and three crew members — were on board when the vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed today at the end of a runway, authorities said.