Vintage military plane crashes at Hartford’s Bradley Airport

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A vintage Boeing B-17 crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.

Source: IAFF Local S15 | Twitter

The Federal Aviation Administration said a vintage World War II-era Boeing B-17 aircraft crashed at the end of the runway at Bradley International Airport, closing the Connecticut airport on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the civilian-registered aircraft.

Images on social media showed a large fire at the airport and smoke billowing into the air.

“We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport,” said airport spokeswoman Alisa Sisic. “We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.”

The Collings Foundation is a non-profit based in Massachusetts that flies vintage military aircraft. Staff at the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The B-17 is a bomber known as the “Flying Fortress.” Its first flight was in 1935.

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2019-10-02 14:34:00

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