Two eras of World War II military planes collided in in the air and crashed at the Dallas Executive Airport during an air show on Saturday afternoon, killing all on board.
over 40 fire Rescue units arrived at the scene after two vintage aircraft – a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra – had left. down during the Wings Over Dallas airshow.
In videos of in crash called “heartbreaking” by the mayor of Dallas, the planes are seen blowing apart. in mid-air after the collision then hit the ground for a few seconds before igniting.
Here latest events, as investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board must arrive on site on Sunday.
This was reported by the Federal Aviation Administration. crash took place around 13:20 on Saturday. Number of The death toll has yet to be confirmed, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said. on Saturday.
Allied Pilots Association – Labor union representing American Airlines pilots – identified two retired pilots and former union members among those killed in in collision.
Former members Terry Barker and Len Root were the team on B-17 Flying Fortress during an air show, APA said on social media.
“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues past and present, union said. APA offers professional consulting services at its headquarters. in Fort Worth after the incident.
on Saturday news conference, Hank Coates, President and CEO of Commemorative Air Force, organization which preserves and maintains vintage military aircraft, told reporters that the B-17 “usually has a crew of four to five. It was what it was on airplane,” and the R-63 is a “single-pilot fighter.”
“I can tell you the crew was average,” Coates said. “I can’t unblock the number of people in manifest or names on manifest until the NTSB releases me to do so.”
Commemorative Air Force identified both aircraft as based in Houston.
“Currently we don’t have information on status of flight crews as emergency services are working on the incident,” the statement said. group said adding that it works with local authorities and FAS.
No spectators or others on The ground was reported to have been affected, although the debris field from collision includes the grounds of the Dallas Executive Airport, Highway 67, and a nearby mall.
B-17 was part of Collection of Commemorative Air Force nicknamed “Texas Raiders” and kept in hanger in Conroe, Texas, near Houston.
It was one of about 45 complete surviving examples of there are only nine in the model of that were airworthy.
P-63 was even rarer. About 14 copies are known to have survived, four of which the in US airworthy, including one belongs to the Commemorative Air Force.
Over 12,000 B-17s were produced between 1936 and 1945 by Boeing, Douglas Aircraft and Lockheed. with nearly 5,000 men were lost during the war, and most of the rest were scrapped by the early 1960s. About 3,300 P-63s were produced by Bell Aircraft between 1943 and 1945 and were mostly used by the Soviet Air Force. in The Second World War.
FAA was leading investigation air show crash on Saturday but it was set be converted over to the NTSB as soon as team arrived at the scene, Coates said.
On Saturday evening, the NTSB said it was sending team research collision. team which consists of technical specialists who travel regularly by plane crash sites are expected arrive on Sunday, according to the agency.
According to Coates, the people who fly the plane in CAF airshows are volunteers and follow hard training process. A lot of of are airline pilots, retired airline pilots or retired military pilots.
“The maneuvers that they (aircraft) performed were not dynamic at all,” Coates said. “That was what we call “Bombers on Parade”.
“It’s not about the planes. it just No, Coates said. “I can tell you that planes great planes, they are safe. They are in very good condition. The pilots are very well trained. So it’s hard for me to talk about it because I know all these people are family and they good friends.”
Mayor Johnson said in tweet after crash“So much of You just saw, we had a terrible tragedy in our city today during the air show. Lots of details remain unknown or not confirmed at this time.”
“The videos are heartbreaking. Please pray for souls who took to sky entertain and educate our families today,” Johnson said. in separate tweet.
Wings over Dallas event that was supposed to run until Sunday, was canceled according to the organizer website.