The B-17 that crashed was recently captured on video landing at Monmouth Jet Center in Wall, New Jersey.
Brian Johnston, Asbury Park PressBradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, reopened WednesdayÂ following the crash of a privately owned vintage aircraft that killed an undetermined number of people.”There are fatalities, of which I will not tell you the number yetÂ because during this investigation, it is far too early to discuss,” said James Rovella, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, during a press conference.Due to the nature of the crash and resulting fire, the victims are very difficult to identify, Rovella said. “We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport,”http://www.usatoday.com/” airport spokeswoman Alisa Sisic said in a statement to USA TODAY, noting Wednesday morning that a fire and rescue operation was underway.The FAA said via Twitter that a vintage Boeing B-17Â crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at 10 a.m. local time. The aircraft was not gaining altitude and attempted to return to the runway before losing control during touchdown, authorities said in the press conference. The plane struck tanks holdingÂ deicing fluid and a maintenance facility.Â Smoke fills the sky after a World War II-era bomber plane crashed on Oct. 2, 2019 outside Bradley International Airport north of Hartford, Connecticut.Â (Photo: AP)There were 13 people on the plane, 10 passengers and three crew members. One person, who worked at the airport, was also on the ground, Rovella said in the press conference.Rebecca Stewart, director of news service at Hartford HealthCare told USA TODAY that Hartford Hospital received six patients, one of whom arrived via helicopter.Â Two of those patients were transported to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, which is about 50 miles away from Hartford Hospital, Jonathan Gates, chief of trauma at the hospital, told USA TODAY. One of the patients transported was in critical condition.Â And twoÂ of the remaining patients at Hartford Hospital are alsoÂ in critical condition, Ken Robinson, chief of emergency medicine, told USA TODAY.Â The Collings Foundation isÂ an educational group that brought its â€œWings of Freedomâ€ vintage aircraft display to Bradley this week.The B-17 was one of only 18 in the nation, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said during the press conference.Â Brian Hamer, of Norton, Massachusetts, said he was less than a mile away when he saw a B-17, â€œwhich you donâ€™t normally see,â€ fly directly overhead, trying to gain altitude but not succeeding.One of the engines began to sputter, and smoke came out the back, Hamer said. The plane made a wide turn and headed back toward the airport, he said.â€œThen we heard all the rumbling and the thunder, and all the smoke comes up, and we kind of figured it wasnâ€™t good,â€ Hamer said.Â Bradley International AirportÂ announced on social media at 1:48 p.m. EDT that the airport had officially reopened.Â Bradley International Airport has reopened. If you are scheduled to travel, please contact your airline to confirm the status of your specific flight.â€” Bradley Intl Airport (@Bradley_Airport) October 2, 2019FlightAware is showing 10 flight cancellations and 16 flight delays on flights headed to or from Hartford.Bradley is relatively small but is served by most major airlines.Â American Airlines has 24 daily departures from Bradley. Two flights that were enroute to Hartford this morning were diverted to nearby airports, spokesman Ross Feinstein said.Southwest Airlines has 13 daily departures from Bradley. Six took off before the incident, and the airline has canceled the remaining seven flights for today,Â spokesman Brad Hawkins said.TheÂ National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the crash, the agency announced on Twitter.NTSB Go Team launching to investigate Wednesday’s crash of a B17 at Bradley International Airport, Connecticut. Team led by Board Member Jennifer Homendy.â€” NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) October 2, 2019The Collings Foundation did not provide details on the crash but did issue a statement.â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight and we will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley,â€ the organization said in a written statement. â€œThe Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress and will comment further when details become known.â€Â Blumenthal saidÂ that he believes there should be increased security and oversight for vintage planes.”The flying public need to be assured that (the planes)Â are properly maintained,” Blumenthal told USA TODAY.Contributing: The Associated Press;Â Chris Ehrmann, Dave Collins, lohud.comAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2019/10/02/bradley-airport-plane-crash-closed-after-wwii-plane-crashes-hartford/3840353002/