Federal authorities say 2 planes collide at Dallas Airshow

Two historic military planes collided and crashed into the ground Saturday during an air show in Dallas, federal officials said, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. It was unclear how many people were on the plane or if anyone on the ground was injured.

Anthony Montoya saw the two planes collide.

“I just stayed there. I was completely shocked and in disbelief,” said Montoya, 27, who attended the air show with a friend. “Everyone around was panting. Everyone was bursting into tears. Everyone was in shock. »

Emergency crews rushed to the scene of the crash at Dallas Executive Airport, about 10 miles from downtown.

Live television news footage from the scene showed people setting up orange cones around the crumpled wreckage of the bomber, which was in a grassy area.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed around 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The collision happened during the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas show.

The B-17, a huge four-engined bomber, was a cornerstone of American air power during World War II. The Kingcobra, an American fighter aircraft, was used primarily by Soviet forces during the war. Most B-17s were scrapped at the end of World War II and only a handful remain today, widely displayed in museums and air shows, according to Boeing.

Multiple videos posted to Twitter showed the fighter jet appearing to fly into the bomber, causing it to quickly crash to the ground and unleash a large ball of fire and smoke.

Wings Over Dallas bills itself as “America’s premier WWII airshow,” according to a website advertising the event. The show was scheduled for November 11-13, Veterans Day weekend, and guests were expected to see more than 40 World War II aircraft.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were launching investigations.


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