2019-10-02 15:03:50 UTC
Vintage B-17 plane crashes, erupts into flames at Bradley International
Airport near Hartford
The airport is playing host this week to a show of World War II-era planes.
(How many of them are still around and flying?
One visits up here in Pacific NW at least once a year
for celebrations and fund raising.))
Smoke plume seen at Hartford area airport after vintage plane crash
OCT. 2, 201903:37
Oct. 2, 2019, 7:36 AM PDT / Updated Oct. 2, 2019, 7:55 AM PDT
By David K. Li and Jay Blackman
A vintage World War II plane crashed and erupted into flames on
Wednesday morning at Bradley International Airport, just outside of
Hartford, Connecticut, authorities said.
"We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings
Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport,"
according to an airport statement.
"We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is
closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available,"
the Bradley airport statement said.
A Boeing B-17 used by the U.S. Air Force during World War IIA Boeing
B-17 used by the U.S. Air Force during World War II.Universal Images
Group via Getty Images
The FAA said the craft was a Boeing B-17 and it went down at the end of
Runway 6 at about 10 a.m. It was not immediately known how many people
were on board.
The International Association of Fire Fighters Local S15, the union
representing nearby first responders, tweeted a picture of black smoke
hovering over the airport with the message: "Our crews are operating at
an aircraft crash at Bradley airport."
The airport is playing host this week to a show of vintage World War II
The Boeing B-17 was once dubbed the “Flying Fortress” and played a key
role for Allied forces in Europe.
This is a developing story, please check back here for updates.
Image: David K. Li
David K. Li
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
Jay Blackman is an NBC News producer covering such areas a
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