B-17 Crash Tragically Kills Seven People Including a Police Officer and a Pilot, Injures 6
USA- The courant.com writes that seven people tragically died in a small plane crash during the morning hours at Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The aircraft was a World War II B-17G, an antique bomber.*
The pilot of the plane, a 75-year-old man, was described as “the most experienced B-17 pilot in the nation.” The aircraft also had a co-pilot, a 71-year-old man, who had more than 50 years of piloting experience. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the crash.
Another five fatalities were reported, and six others were injured when the plane went down. A 28-year-old airport employee also sustained injuries when the bomber struck a facility on the ground.
Many World War II-era bombers are still being actively flown in air shows and tours. The planes are kept in good condition, and history enthusiasts can pay to take a flight in one. The incident has many questioning the continued use of these planes based on their age. Aviation experts argue that the planes are flown safely every day and that the accident should not be used to argue that these aircraft should be grounded. The history buffs who choose to step onboard WWII bombers are unlikely to shy away because of this crash.
Still, these older planes do present complications. They function differently than modern planes, and so mechanics who work on them require specialized training. The pilots who wish to fly these vintage planes also need to undergo specific training on how to operate them.
The last time one of these aircraft was involved in a crash was in 2011.
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