Six confirmed dead in the crash of World War II planes during a show in Dallas

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Authorities are still working to identify the victims who were aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and the P-63 Kingcobra fighter plane

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Six people died after that Two historic military planes collided and crashed to the ground last Saturday afternoon during an air show in Dallas, local authorities confirmed this Sunday.

“According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of six fatalities from yesterday's Wings over Dallas air show incident,” he tweeted. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. He said the authorities work continues to identify the victims.

Emergency crews responded to the crash site at Dallas Executive Airports, about 16 kilometers from the city center. Footage from the scene showed the wrecked remains of the planes in a grassy area within the airport perimeter. Dallas firefighters told The Dallas Morning News that no injuries were reported among those on the ground.

Anthony Montoya saw the collision of the two planes. “I just stood there. I was completely shocked and in disbelief,” said Montoya, 27, who attended the air show with a friend. “Everybody was crying. Everyone was in shock.”

Two planes collided in the middle of a Dallas air show

At first, the authorities did not specify how many people were inside each plane, but Hank Coates, president of the company that organized the air show, revealed yesterday that the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber usually has a crew of four to five people , and the other, the fighter plane P-63 Kingcobra , has a single pilot . Data that is now confirmed with the official forensic report.

Two planes collided in the middle of an air show in Dallas

The planes collided and crashed around 1:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The collision occurred during the Wings Over Dallas Memorial Air Force show.

Victoria Yeager, the widow of famed Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager and a pilot herself, also he was at the show. She didn't see the collision, but she did see the burning wreckage. “It was pulverized,” said Yeager, 64, who lives in Fort Worth. “ We just hoped everyone had gotten out, but we knew they hadn't ,” she said of those on board.

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

Several videos posted on social media showed the fighter jet appearing to collide with the bomber, causing it to crash rapidly to the ground and causing a large ball of fire and smoke.

Six confirmed dead in World War II plane crash during show in Dallas

In this image provided by Nathaniel Ross Photography, a historical military plane crashes to ground after crashing mid-air (via AP)Two planes collided in the middle of a Dallas air show

“It was really horrible to watch,” said Aubrey Anne Young, 37. years, from Leander. Texas, which saw the accident. Her children were inside the hangar with her father when it happened. “I'm still trying to make sense of it.”

In a video Young posted to his Facebook page, a woman next to Young can be heard crying and screaming heartbreakingly.

Safety at air shows – especially with older military aircraft – has been a concern for years. In 2011, 11 people were killed in Reno, Nevada, when a P-51 Mustang crashed into onlookers. In 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven people. The NTSB said then that it had investigated 21 crashes since 1982 involving World War II-era bombers, resulting in 23 fatalities.

Wings Over Dallas calls itself “America's premier WWII air show”, according to the website announcing the event. The show was scheduled for November 11-13, Veterans Day weekend, and guests were to see more than 40 World War II-era aircraft. His Saturday afternoon flight demonstration program included the “bomber parade” and “fighter escorts” including the B-17 and P-63.

Arthur Alan Wolk is a Philadelphia aviation lawyer who flew air shows for 12 years. After watching video of the air show and hearing the maneuvers described as a “parade bomber,” Wolk told the AP on Sunday that the P-63 pilot violated the basic rule of formation flying.

“He belly-butted the leader,” Wolk said. “That prevents you from gauging distance and position. The risk of collision is very high when you can't see who you're supposed to be in formation with and that kind of joining is not allowed.”

And he added : “I am not blaming anyone and, as far as possible, the air shows, the pilots and the aircraft that fly in them are safe. Air shows are one of the biggest spectator events in the United States and it's rare for a tragedy like this to happen.”

Wolk said a great training and discipline to fly in an air show. The qualifications of the P-63 pilot for air shows are unknown.

The FAA has also launched an investigation.

(With information from AP)

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