Fatalities confirmed in Vintage B-17 bomber crash at Connecticut airport

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A World War II-era aircraft crashed Wednesday morning at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport.

The Boeing B-17 bomber that was on tour in the area crashed on landing, according to officials. Smoke and flames were visible throughout the area and a medical helicopter was called to the scene.

A state official says there are fatalities; 13 people were on board.

Connecticut Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella said at a news conference that some people on board suffered severe burns and it is too soon to say how many have died.

The B-17 bomber crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning from Bradley International Airport. Officials say the aircraft was five minutes into the flight when it reported it had a problem and was not gaining altitude.

It was attempting to land when it struck a maintenance shed at the airport.

One person who as on the ground was injured in addition to the people on board.

The FAA confirmed that airport officials have closed the airport, and the FAA has put in a ground stop for flights that are destined for the airport.

“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. Local officials will release information about the people aboard. We will update this statement when we get new information,” said the FAA in a statement.

Bradley Airport 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 had brought several planes to Bradley this week, including  the B-17G that crashed. a B-24 –Liberator,  a B-25, a P-51 – Mustang fighter,  and a P-40 Warhawk.

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