Vintage WWII plane crashes at Bradley Airport

Arreguin smoke fills the sky after a World War II-era bomber plane crashed Wednesday Oct. 2 2019 outside Bradley International Airport north of Hartford Conn. A spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed the crash of

The airport, about a 15-mile drive north of Hartford, is closed as a result of the crash, it said.

The B-17 was painted to honor the "Nine O Nine", which flew 140 missions and never had a mechanical abort or came home with an injured crew member.

A historic WWII-era bomber, which in the past has offered flights in Sacramento, crashed in Connecticut Wednesday morning, killing at least seven people. Observers on the ground noticed that it was not gaining altitude.

It lost control while trying to land, slid off the runway and struck a maintenance building used to store the airport's deicing equipment.

In this photo taken June 2, 2018 photo, people line up to tour the Nine-O-Nine, a Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress, at McClellan Airport in Sacramento, Calif. The plane made a wide turn and headed back toward the airport, he said. "The smoke was dark black". It then caught fire, which was exacerbated by the fuel it carried.

Eyewitness Laura Nolan said she was driving east on route 20 when she noticed the plane flying unusually low before it crashed.

The Vernon Police Chief remembered him also for his work outside of the department, including earning induction into the Connecticut Special Olympics Hall of Fame, according to a statement obtained by News 12 Connecticut.

Homendy says there will be a preliminary report in 10 days.

In a tweet, Conneticut Governor Ned Lamont said his prayers were with those on board. "Our hearts are broken for them right now".

One patient injured in the crash remained at Hartford Hospital, officials said. The other three had minor or moderate injuries. The plane carrying three crew and ten passengers crashed into a shed and a tank containing de-icing fluid.

Blumenthal said he's been in touch with the NTSB as they begin their investigation of the crash site.

The crash reduces to nine the number of B-17s actively flying, said Rob Bardua, spokesman for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio. "It's a vintage airplane and it needs to be properly maintained".

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

At 8:28 a.m. on Wednesday, Riddell posted to Facebook as he waited in line with others to board the B-17 bomber.

The "Liberty Belle" was owned by the Liberty Foundation, another nonprofit that participates in air shows and offers rides to the public on vintage aircraft.

Image of the fully restored B-17G, US ArmyAirForce (USAAF) s/n 44-83575, by the Collings Foundation.

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