At least seven people are dead and seven more are injured following in the crash of a World War II era plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut yesterday. The B-17 Flying Fortress went down shortly before 10am as the pilot attempted to land after notifying the control tower there was an issue.
There were 13 people on board – 10 passengers, two crewmembers and an attendant. The injured, including a maintenance worker on the ground, were taken to area hospitals. No names have been released. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The plane was part of the “Wings of Freedom Tour” which provides rides for a donation to benefit the Massachusetts-based nonprofit foundation that owns vintage airplanes. In a statement, the Collings Foundation says its thoughts and prayers are with those who were on the flight, and forever grateful for the heroic efforts of first responders at the airport.