The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed round 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration mentioned in a press release.
DALLAS — Two historic army planes collided and crashed to the bottom Saturday throughout a Dallas air present, federal officials mentioned, sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky. It was unclear how many individuals were on board the plane or if anybody on the bottom was harm.
Anthony Montoya noticed the 2 planes collide.
“I just stood there. I was in complete shock and disbelief,” mentioned Montoya, 27, who attended the air present with a pal. “Everybody around was gasping. Everybody was bursting into tears. Everybody was in shock.”
Emergency crews raced to the crash scene on the Dallas Executive Airport, about 10 miles from town’s downtown.
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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed round 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration mentioned in a press release. The collision occurred throughout the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas present.
The Commemorative Air Force later confirmed in a press release that each planes had come from Houston:
“This afternoon, two plane were concerned in a mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airport. The plane were a B-17 Flying Fortress and P-63 Kingcobra, each out of Houston.
“Currently, we should not have data on the standing of the flight crews as emergency responders are working the accident.
“The Commemorative Air Force is working with native authorities and the FAA, and the NTSB will conduct a radical investigation into the reason for the accident.
Any obtainable data can be posted to www.commemorativeairforce.org.“
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson mentioned the National Transportation Safety Board had taken management of the crash scene with native police and hearth offering help.
“The videos are heartbreaking,” Johnson mentioned on Twitter.
Victoria Yeager, the widow of famed Air Force check pilot Chuck Yeager and herself a pilot, was additionally on the present. She did not see the collision, however did see the burning wreckage.
“It was pulverized,” mentioned Yeager, 64, who lives in Forth Worth.
“We were simply hoping that they had all gotten out, however we knew they didn’t,” she mentioned of these on board.
The B-17, an immense four-engine bomber, was a cornerstone of U.S. air energy throughout World War II. The Kingcobra, a U.S. fighter aircraft, was used principally by Soviet forces throughout the warfare. Most B-17s were scrapped on the finish of World War II and solely a handful stay immediately, largely featured at museums and air exhibits, in accordance with Boeing.
Several movies posted on Twitter confirmed the fighter aircraft showing to fly into the bomber, inflicting them to shortly crash to the bottom and setting off a big ball of fireside and smoke.
“It was actually horrific to see,” Aubrey Anne Young, 37, of Leander. Texas, who saw the crash. Her children were inside the hangar with their father when it occurred. “I’m still trying to make sense of it.”
A girl subsequent to Young might be heard crying and screaming hysterically on a video that Young uploaded to her Facebook web page.
Air present security – notably with older army plane – has been a priority for years. In 2011, 11 individuals were killed in Reno, Nevada, when a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators. In 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven individuals. The NTSB mentioned then that it had investigated 21 accidents since 1982 involving World War II-era bombers, ensuing in 23 deaths.
Wings Over Dallas payments itself as “America’s Premier World War II Airshow,” in accordance with an internet site promoting the occasion. The present was scheduled for Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend, and company were to see greater than 40 World War II-era aircrafts. Its Saturday afternoon schedule included flying demonstrations together with a “bomber parade” and “fighter escorts” featured the B-17 and P-63.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were launching investigations.