Two planes — a Boeing B-17 bomber and a small plane — collided in mid-air during an air show at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas on Saturday, crashing immediately to the ground and bursting into flames.
Citing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the condition of the pilots on both planes has yet to be determined.
Dramatic footage captured by airshow attendees shows the larger B-17 bomber flying in a straight line not very high off the ground, while the smaller aircraft, a Bell P-63 King Cobra, Fly in its direction. Video shows the smaller plane crashing on top of a World War II-era B-17, with both planes immediately disintegrating.
Within seconds, the plane landed on the ground, covered in a ball of fire.
— Gian Carlo (@GianKaizen) November 12, 2022
OMG – Two planes collided at ‘Wings of Dallas’ airshow today
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— James T. Yoder (@JamesYoder) November 12, 2022
The collision occurred during a performance commemorating the Air Force flyover over Dallas, the Associated Press reported, adding that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said in a tweet that some details were still “unknown or unconfirmed.”
“As many of you can see by now, there was a terrible tragedy in our city today during the air show. Many details are still unknown or unproven at this time. The National Transportation Safety Board has directed with the Dallas Police Department Dallas Fire and Rescue continued to provide support at the crash site,” he said.
As many of you have seen by now, a terrible tragedy occurred in our city today during an airshow. For now, many details remain unknown or unconfirmed.This @NTSB Has taken over the crash site @DallasPolice and @DallasFireRes_q Continue to provide support.
— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) November 12, 2022
The B-17 was a four-engine bomber that played a major role in winning the air battle against Germany in World War II. With its workhorse reputation, it became one of the most produced bombers of all time. The P-63 King Cobra was a fighter developed by Bell Aircraft during the same war, but used in combat only by the Soviet Air Force.
The most recent major B-17 crash occurred on October 2, 2019, when seven people were involved in an accident at an airfield in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
(Input from AFP)
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