WWII-Era B-17 Goes Down At Bradley International Airport

‘It Sounded Like an 18-Wheeler’: Plane Crash in Connecticut

“It sounded like an 18-wheeler coming down the street and then it got louder,” said one witness. Then came the crash and the fireball. A World War II-era plane went down at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport around 10am Wednesday; the plane reportedly slid off the end of runway 6 and into a building, the Hartford Courant reports. 

WFSB reports there were 13 people aboard and reports say 5 or 6 were taken to the hospital. A state official anonymously tells the AP at least five people were killed; Connecticut Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella confirmed there were fatalities but has not yet given a count.

The airport tweeted that the airport was closed following the accident, which involved a “Collings Foundation World War II aircraft.” NBC News reports a vintage WWII aircraft show was underway at the airport at the time. Witnesses recount seeing the B-17 bomber flying extremely low, nearly at treetop-level, before crashing. Officials say the plane had only been airborne for five minutes when it indicated it was unable to gain altitude and would attempt to return to the airport.