Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed round 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned in a press release.

DALLAS — Editor’s notice: The Related Press contributed to this story. 

Two historic army planes collided and crashed to the bottom Saturday throughout a Dallas air present, federal officers mentioned, sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky. 

It was unclear how many individuals have been on board the plane or if anybody on the bottom was damage, federal officers mentioned.

“Presently we would not have info on the standing of the flight crews as emergency responders are working the accident,” Leah Block, a spokesperson for Commemorative Air Drive, instructed ABC Information.

Block additionally instructed ABC Information she believes there have been 5 crew members on the B-17 and one aboard the P-63. The Houston-based plane weren’t giving rides to paying prospects on the time, she mentioned.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed round 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned in a press release. The collision occurred in the course of the Commemorative Air Drive Wings Over Dallas present.

The B-17, an immense four-engine bomber, was a cornerstone of U.S. air energy throughout World Conflict II. The Kingcobra, a U.S. fighter aircraft, was used principally by Soviet forces in the course of the conflict. Most B-17s have been scrapped on the finish of World Conflict II and solely a handful stay at this time, largely featured at museums and air reveals, in accordance with Boeing.

Particles from the crash fell onto southbound Freeway 67, sources instructed WFAA’s Jason Whitely. Each southbound and northbound lanes of Hwy. 67 have been shut down because of the crash, in accordance with Dallas police.

#BREAKING: A mid-air collision has occurred on the Wings Over Dallas occasion at Dallas Government Airport (previously Redbird).

A B-17 is concerned. Different plane sort unsure.

Particles is on Hwy. 67.

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) November 12, 2022

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Particles reportedly on Freeway 67 in Oak Cliff from mid-air collision on the #WingsOverDallas occasion at Dallas Government Airport. pic.twitter.com/M5etKQQhrJ

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) November 12, 2022

A number of movies posted on Twitter confirmed two plane showing to collide within the air earlier than they each quickly descended, inflicting a big fireplace and plumes of black smoke to billow into the sky.

#BREAKING: Special approach of the mid-air collision obtained by @WFAA reveals B-17 and different plane flying formations at #WingsOverDallas at 1:21p at this time, when it was hit by a P-63 and fell to the bottom over the airfield at Dallas Government Airport (RBD). pic.twitter.com/6NAS93b3re

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) November 12, 2022

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— Giancarlo (@GianKaizen) November 12, 2022

Marvella Garcia, who was working with the present as a model ambassador for Chevrolet, mentioned she was talking with somebody conducting a survey when the crash occurred, and the individual she was talking with mentioned “wow, have a look at that explosion.” 

“I seemed over and I mentioned ‘oh that is simply a part of the present,'” Garcia mentioned. “There is a present throughout the present. The planes will cross over after which there’s little explosions.” 

Garcia mentioned she quickly realized it was not a part of the present. She mentioned she has labored for a number of reveals like this the place it’s regular to see re-enactments involving planes and explosions. 

“Some folks simply thought it was a re-enactment,” Garcia mentioned concerning the crowd’s response to the crash. “Each time that occurred, everybody was simply sort of in shock like, is that this actually occurring or is that this only a re-enactment?”

Air present security – significantly with older army plane – has been a priority for years. In 2011, 11 folks have been killed in Reno, Nevada, when a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators. In 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven folks. The NTSB mentioned then that it had investigated 21 accidents since 1982 involving World Conflict II-era bombers, leading to 23 deaths.

Wings Over Dallas payments itself as “America’s Premier World Conflict II Airshow,” in accordance with a web site promoting the occasion. The present was scheduled for Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend, and visitors have been to see greater than 40 World Conflict II-era aircrafts.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted the next assertion on Saturday: 

“As lots of you’ve now seen, we have now had a horrible tragedy in our metropolis at this time throughout an airshow. Many particulars stay unknown or unconfirmed presently. The @NTSB has taken command of the crash scene with @DallasPD and @DallasFireRes_q persevering with to offer help.”

As lots of you’ve now seen, we have now had a horrible tragedy in our metropolis at this time throughout an airshow. Many particulars stay unknown or unconfirmed presently. The @NTSB has taken command of the crash scene with @DallasPD and @DallasFireRes_q persevering with to offer help.

— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) November 12, 2022

Texas Hispanic Coverage Basis Chairman and former Republican State Rep. Jason Villalba mentioned he was on the air present at this time. 

“We left at 12:00 however George and I had deliberate to take a journey on the B-17,” Villalba instructed WFAA. “We didn’t as a result of it was offered out. Wow.“

WFAA has not confirmed whether or not there have been civilians driving on the B-17 when it crashed. Tickets for on-board excursions of the B-17 have been on sale on-line for the occasion. The price for tickets was $495 every. 

The FAA launched the next assertion to WFAA: 

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed on the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Government Airport in Texas round 1:20 p.m. native time Saturday. Right now, it’s unknown how many individuals have been on each plane. The FAA and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board will examine. The NTSB can be accountable for the investigation and can present extra updates.

The Commemorative Air Drive/Wings Over Dallas despatched WFAA this assertion: 

“This afternoon, two plane have been concerned in a mid-air collision at Dallas Government Airport. The plane have been a B-17 and P-63 Kingcobra, each out of Houston. Presently we would not have info on the standing of the flight crews as emergency responders are working the accident.The Commemorative Air Drive is working with native authorities and the FAA, and the NTSB will conduct an intensive investigation into the reason for the accident. Any obtainable info can be posted to www.commemorativeairforce.org”

It is a growing story. Verify again for updates. The Related Press contributed to this story.

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