Two planes collided mid-air at an air show in Texas
Two World War II planes collided mid-air at the Wings Over Dallas airshow in Texas. Writes about it NBCDFW.
A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed to the ground at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow around 13:20 on 12 November.
At the moment, there is no information about the condition of the pilots or about any injuries to those present at the show as a result of falling debris. It is also unknown how many people were on both planes.
🚨🚨🇺🇸 Texas: video of the two planes colliding during an Air Show at Dallas Executive Airport. Possibly whole crew dead in both planes. pic.twitter.com/euuI3GIZl7
— Ravi HTF (@raviagrawal3) November 12st
One of the eyewitnesses said that when the P-63 turned left, the B17 was in its blind spot, so he could not avoid the impending disaster, writes Daily Mail.
Currently, about 40 fire and rescue teams are working at the scene. Witnesses say debris is strewn across Texas Highway 67 - closed and traffic rerouted.
The bomber was apparently flown by a member of the Texas Raiders Gulf Coast Wings.
In a statement following the crash, Mayor Eric Johnson called the crash "a terrible tragedy for our city."
“The videos are heartbreaking,” he wrote on Twitter. “Please pray for the souls that took to the skies today.”
— Can (@Nordik_Can) November 12st
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate.
Wings Over Dallas is an annual airshow hosted by the Commemorative Air Force, which preserves World War II aircraft.
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Saturday was supposed to be the second day of the three-day show, but Friday's events were canceled due to bad weather.
DEVELOPING: Mid-air collision reported at Wings Over Dallas Airshow in Texas; number of injuries unknown pic.twitter.com/oOPHU2KjL1
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Saturday's event schedule included a parade of bombers such as B17s escorted by fighters such as P-63s.
Commemorative Air Force was founded as a non-profit organization in 1961, and the weekend show was part of its excursion into aviation history, advertised as a national tour of World War II aircraft.
The organization claims that each of their shows includes at least one extremely rare aircraft, such as the Boeing B-29 Superfortrss or B-24 Liberator.
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