Six dead after two planes crashed at Texas Airshow during World War II

A photo of the aftermath of a mid-air collision between two vintage aircraft.

A B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-63 Kingcobra crashed in Dallas.
photo: The Associated Press (AP)

Six people were killed when two vintage planes crashed at an air show in Texas. The collision occurred at the Wings For Dallas Airshow on Saturday afternoon a B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra came together in midair.

in an opinion, This was announced by the air show organizers: “Two planes were involved in a mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airport. The plane were a B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-63 Kingcobra, both from the Houston Area.

“The Commemorative Air Force is working with local authorities, the FAA and the NTSB to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident.”

In footage of the crash, the two planes can be seen flying at the same altitude before the P-63 collides with it the stern of the Flying Fortress. The plane then crashes to the ground.

A photo of the B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft involved in Saturday's crash.

The Texas Raider B-17 Flying Fortress was one of only nine airworthy models in the United States
photo: The Associated Press (AP)

According to CNNthe Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed yesterday that all six crew members on board the two aircraft died in the crash. According to CNN:

“‘We can confirm that there are six[fatalities],’ a spokesman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office told CNN in a phone call.

“More than 40 firefighters responded to the scene after two vintage planes — a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra — crashed during the Wings Over Dallas Airshow.”

After the crash, the Allied Pilots Association named Terry Barker and Len Root as two of the crew members killed in the collision. During a press conference yesterday, Curtis J. Rowe was also identified as one of the crash victims.

“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues past and present,” she said The Allied Pilots Association announced this on social media.

The two aircraft involved in the crash were some of the last surviving examples of these aircraft. The B-17 Flying Fortress, which saw combat between 1936 and 1945, was one of only nine airworthy models in the United States

The P-63 Kingcobra was used by the US Air Force between 1943 and 1945. The plane involved in the crash this weekend was one of four ready-to-fly examples here in America.

World War II planes collide in mid-air during the Dallas Airshow

That National Road Safety Committee (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the causes of the Dallas crash.

A team of investigators is now on the ground in Texas, including technical experts who will “methodically and systematically” review all evidence. As part of the investigation, the NTSB will collect audio from air traffic control and interview other crews involved in the air show.

Due to the age of these aircraft, neither was fitted with one flight recorder or “flight recorder” which investigators would continue to look for crashes with airplanes.

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