6 killed in collision between World War II airplanes at Dallas air show

6 killed in collision between World War II airplanes at Dallas air show

Two World War II era planes collided while performing a flyover at Texas’ commemorative event. The explosion of fire left everyone on the ground stunned and dismayed. Six people were aboard the planes at the time of the crash. According to Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County judge, all six were killed.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra were participating in the Air Force’s Wings Over Dallas air show when they collided mid-air near the Dallas Executive Airport just before 1: 30 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Several videos posted on Twitter displayed the fighter plane flying into the bomber. This caused them to crash to the ground, setting off a huge ball of smoke and fire.

Dallas Air Show Crash
In this photo provided by Nathaniel Ross Photography, a historic military plane crashes after colliding with another plane during an airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

Nathaniel Ross Photography via AP

According to the event’s website, several planes were scheduled to do a flyover demonstration Saturday afternoon. Many people attended the flyover as evidenced by social media posts. The flyover will be held for three days in honor of Veterans Day, Friday.

Anthony Montoya witnessed the planes collide.

” I just stood there. I was in complete shock and disbelief,” said Montoya, 27, who attended the air show with a friend. “Everybody was gasping. Everyone was in shock and bursting into tears. Everyone was shocked. “

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson called it a “terrible tragedy. “

“The videos are heartbreaking,” he tweeted. “Please pray for the souls who took flight to educate and entertain our families today. “

The B-17, an immense four-engine bomber, was a cornerstone of U.S. air power during World War II. The Soviet forces used the Kingcobra, a U.S. fighter aircraft, most of all during World War II. Most B-17s were scrapped at the end of World War II and only a handful remain today, largely featured at museums and air shows, according to Boeing.

Two planes collided and crashed during the Air Force’s Wings Over Dallas event on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

Agnes Calka

No paying customers were on the aircraft, said Coates, of Commemorative Air Force, which also owned the planes. He said that the aircraft are flown by highly-trained volunteers, often retired pilots.

Victoria Yeager was also present at the show. She is the widow of Chuck Yeager, a famed Air Force test pilot and herself a pilot. She did not see the collision but saw the burning wreckage.

“It was pulverized,” said Yeager, 64, who lives in Fort Worth. We were hoping they would all get out, but they didn’t,” she said about those aboard.

“It was really horrific to see,” Aubrey Anne Young, 37, of Leander. Texas, who witnessed the crash. Her children were in the hangar with their father at the time of the crash. “I still haven’t made sense of it. “

Young can be heard screaming and crying next to Young in a video she posted to her Facebook page.

The investigation will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA. Safety at air shows, especially with older military aircraft, has been a concern over the years. In 2011, 11 people were killed in Reno, Nevada, when a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators. In 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven people. The NTSB said then that it had investigated 21 accidents since 1982 involving World War II-era bombers, resulting in 23 deaths.

Thanks so much for reading CBS NEWS.

Create your free account or log in
for more features.

To continue, please enter your email address

To continue, please enter a valid email address

Read More