At least seven people are dead after a World War II plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday, October 2, officials told ABC News.
The vintage Boeing B-17 went down about 10 am, shortly after it took off from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. There were 13 people aboard, including three crew members, according to media reports.
The seven people who died were all adults, James Rovella, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection told media personnel.
Rovella said officials have notified all but three families, adding that he expected the names of the victims to be released in coming days. He declined to say whether crew members were among those who died.
Six of the injured, including three people in critical condition, were admitted to Hartford Hospital, said hospital officials.
Two Simsbury, Connecticut, firefighters were on the plane and survived, the fire chief told ABC News.
Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane hit the instrument landing system posts and veered to the right. It crossed a grassy area then a taxiway and ran into the de-icing facility.
The state health department also advised the public not to come into contact with firefighting foam they may find on the Farmington River or its banks. It also advised against fishing in the river.
Bradley International Airport, the second largest in New England, shut down immediately after the fiery crash. The airport reopened shortly before 2 p.m., but the runway where the accident occurred remained closed.
We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport. We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.— Bradley Intl Airport (@Bradley_Airport) October 2, 2019
The aircraft is civilian-registered and was not flown by the military at the time of the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The plane belonged to the Collings Foundation, a 40-year-old educational nonprofit that organizes and supports “‘living history’ events and the preservation, exhibition and interaction of historical artifacts that help Americans learn more about their heritage.”
“The Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress and will comment further when details become known,” the foundation told CNN in a statement.
The same plane reportedly had an incident in 1987 when it ran off a runway in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, according to reports.