Seven killed after WWII-era B-17 plane crashes in US

Seven killed after WWII-era B-17 plane crashes in US

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Washington, Oct 3 : At least seven people were killed after a World War Two-era plane crashed and burst into flames at Bradley International Airport in the US state of Connecticut, authorities said.

According to authorities, the incident took place around 9.54am local time on Wednesday, shortly after the plane reported difficulties and returned to the airport trying to land. "We observed that the aircraft was not gaining altitude," said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon, BBC reported.
"There were fatalities, victims are very difficult to identify, we don't want to make a mistake,'' State Police Commissioner James Rovella told reporters at a news conference. Meanwhile, Hartford Hospital received six patients from the crash, three were initially listed in critical condition, two in moderate condition and one with just minor injuries, doctors there said.

There were 13 people on board the Boeing B-17, two pilots, one attendant, and 10 passengers. Another person on the ground was injured when the plane slid off the runway and slammed into a building used to house the airport's deicing equipment, according to officials.

The Collins Foundation, a non-profit that owned the plane, said it was scheduled to participate in the "Wings of Freedom Tour" taking place at the airport from Monday to Thursday this week.(UNI)