At least 6 hurt after World War II-era bomber plane crashes near airport


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — At least 6 people were injured after a military plane crashed and caught fire at Bradley Airport on Wednesday morning.

Officials have confirmed that the plane that crashed was a B-17 historical World War II aircraft as part of the Wings of Freedom tour.

News 8 has also learned that 13 people were on board of the B-17 plane as part of that tour and that at least 6 people were injured.

Life Star responded to the scene and Hartford Hospital says that they received 6 patients from the plane crash.

News 8 spoke with a construction worker at Bradley Airport who saw the scene unfold. He told News 8 that a military plane was taking off and didn’t have enough power. The plane tried to land, but hit the ground, impacting the fuel farm/fuel tank.


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A World War II-era bomber plane crashed Wednesday just outside New England’s second-busiest airport, and a fire-and-rescue operation was underway, official said.

A spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed the crash of the B-17 plane at Bradley International Airport north of Hartford, Connecticut. The airport said in a message on Twitter that it has closed.

A fire with black smoke rose from near the airport as emergency crews responded to the site.

It wasn’t clear how many people were on board or where the plane was going, Lamont spokesman Max Reiss said. The New England Air Museum is near the airport.

Airport officials said the plane was associated with the Collings Foundation, an educational group that brought its “Wings of Freedom” vintage aircraft display to Bradley International Airport this week.

A representative of the group could not immediately confirm any information about the crash but said it would issue a statement.

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