TRAGEDY!! Seven Confirmed Dead, Many Injured As US Passenger Plane Crashes
Oct. 03, 2019
More than seven people have died from the crashing of a World War II bomber carrying 13 passengers and a crew in northeastern US state of Connecticut Wednesday.
The Boeing B-17 aircraft, used by the United States to combat Germany and Japan during the war, crashed at Bradley International Airport while trying to land around 10:00 am (1400 GMT), according to local media reports.
The aircraft is said to be operated by the Collings Foundation, a group catering to aviation buffs who pay to experience vintage planes, officials said.
James Rovella, the state's commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, who immediately addressed a news conference said six people on the plane survived, but was not able to give names of the victims because, according to him, not every family has been notified.
Local media later cited officials as saying that the crash left at least seven dead and nine injured, including three people who were on the ground at the time.
Ten minutes after the flight took off at 9:45 am, the pilots radioed the control tower to say they were experiencing problems, said Kevin Dillon, director of the state’s airport authority.
“We could see they could not gain altitude. Upon touchdown they obviously lost control, struck our de-icing facility here as well as a maintenance facility,” he told reporters.
A spokesman for Hartford Hospital, situated 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the airport, told AFP the facility had received six patients, three of whom were critical.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
According to excerpts of a cockpit conversation reported by several news outlets, the pilot had asked the control tower for permission to land urgently because of an engine problem.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said the plane was one of only 18 B-17s left in the country, and that the crash might have implications for the flying of vintage aircraft.
“If there were defects or improper maintenance as a cause, it is a very strong red flashing light for others who are flying these planes,” he said.
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