Vintage Airplane Crash In Connecticut Kills Two Passengers

The FAA issued a statement Wednesday announcing a World War II-era B-17 bomber had crashed at Bradley International Airport causing a shutdown at New England's second busiest airport.

Two of the 13 people aboard the plane died in the incident.

The plane, owned by the Collins Foundation, was landing in Connecticut to celebrate the "Wings of Freedom" vintage aircraft display with five other historic planes.

After first responders arrived on the scene they loaded one injured passenger into a helicopter and rushed him to Hartford Hospital. Five others with injuries were taken to an area hospital by ambulance.

Witnesses of the crash say they saw the bomber flying toward the runway at tree top level when they heard a crash and an explosion that sent a large ball of fire into the sky.

According to an article published in the New York Post, a spokesperson from the Collins Foundation said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on the flight, and we will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders."

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