Seven killed in crash during B-17 passenger flight

WINDSOR LOCKS | Seven people were killed when a B-17 Flying Fortress crash-landed at Bradley International Airport, Connecticut, on Wednesday 2nd October.

NBC News report that the aircraft, with a crew of three, was taking ten passengers for a ride when it attempted to make an emergency landing due to possible engine problems shortly before 10:00 local time. The aircraft then crashed into a shed and burst into flames.

Windsor Locks Fire Department confirmed that the aircraft is a B-17 Flying Fortress, with Bradley Airport adding that the aircraft comes from the Collings Foundation. Seven fatalities have been confirmed, along with a number of injuries – including one person on the ground.

The Collings Foundation said: “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.”

B-17G “Nine-O-Nine” was one of five historic aircraft taking part in the Wings of Freedom Tour at Bradley International Airport on the day of the accident. The other aircraft included a B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang and P-40 Warhawk, all owned by the Collings Foundation. During the tour, the aircraft appear on static display and take paying passengers on experience flights.