Six people were killed after two historic military planes collided and crashed into the ground in Dallas during Saturday afternoon, officials said.
According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of 6 fatalities from yesterday’s incident aired on the Dallas Wings show over Dallas. The authorities said that the victims’ identification work is continuing, as tweeted by Judge Clay Jenkins on Sunday.
Emergency crews raced to the crash scene at Dallas Executive Airport, located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the downtown area of the city. The footage from News Morning Dallas showed the crumpled wreckage of the planes in a grassy area inside the airport. Dallas Fire-Rescue informed that there were no reported injuries among the people on the ground.
Anthony Montoya witnessed the collision of the two airplanes.
Montoya, a 27-year-old attendee of the air show accompanied by a friend, expressed, “I simply remained stationary. I experienced a profound sense of astonishment and incredulity.” “Gasps were heard from the surrounding crowd. Tears were streaming from everyone’s eyes. A state of shock was evident in all.”
Normally, it consists of a team of four to five individuals. However, Hank Coates, the president of the company responsible for organizing the airshow, mentioned that the exact number of occupants in the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber was not specified by the officials. On the other hand, the P-63 Kingcobra fighter plane is operated by a lone pilot.
Coates, from Commemorative Air Force, which also possessed the planes, stated that there were no passengers on board. According to him, their aircraft are operated by skillful volunteers, frequently retired pilots.
Mayor Eric Johnson of Dallas stated that the National Transportation Safety Board had taken control of the scene crash, providing support to the local fire and police departments.
“The videos are devastating,” Johnson stated on Twitter.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated that the aircrafts collided and subsequently crashed at approximately 1:20 p.M. This collision took place amidst the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas exhibition.
Also present at the show was Victoria Yeager, the spouse of renowned Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager and a pilot herself. She witnessed the fiery debris, but she was unaware of the collision.
“It was completely destroyed,” stated Yeager, 64, who resides in Fort Worth.
“We were simply hoping that they had all escaped, but we were aware that they hadn’t,” she stated regarding those aboard.
According to Boeing, predominantly showcased at museums and air shows, just a few persist today, the majority of B-17s were dismantled at the conclusion of World War II. The Kingcobra, an American combat aircraft, was primarily utilized by Soviet forces throughout the conflict. The B-17, a fundamental element of American aerial might during World War II, is a colossal four-engine bomber employed in daytime assaults against Germany.
Several videos posted on social media showed a fighter plane appearing to fly into the bomber, causing it to crash quickly to the ground and setting off a large ball of fire and smoke.
It happened when her children were inside the hangar with their father. Anne Aubrey Young, 37, from Leander, Texas, witnessed the crash and stated, “I’m still trying to make sense of it.” It was truly horrifying to see.
A woman next to Young can be heard crying and screaming hysterically on a video that Young uploaded to her Facebook page.
The safety of older military aircraft has been a cause for concern over the years, as demonstrated by the tragic incidents. In 2011, 11 people were killed when a P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators in Reno, Nevada. Similarly, in 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, claiming the lives of seven people. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that they have investigated 21 accidents involving World War II era bombers, resulting in 23 deaths.
The B-17 and P-63 showcased the “bomber procession” and “fighter companions” in their Saturday afternoon lineup of aerial displays. Visitors were expected to witness over 40 aircraft from the World War II era, and the exhibition was planned for the weekend of Nov. 11-13, which coincided with Veterans Day. As stated on the event’s website, Wings Over Dallas proudly presents itself as “the finest World War II Airshow in America.”
Alan Arthur Wolk, an aviation attorney from Philadelphia, who has been flying in air shows for 12 years, violated the basic rule of formation flying, as the AP Associated Press and the video from the air show hearing showed.
Wolk stated, “He approached the leader in a vulnerable position. Evaluating the position and distance helps to avoid any potential accidents. The risk of collision is significantly increased when you are unable to identify the aircraft you are supposed to join formation with, and such joining is strictly prohibited.”
“I am not pointing fingers at anyone, and to the utmost degree feasible, air displays, the aviators, and the planes that partake in them are secure,” he included. “Air displays are among the biggest gatherings for onlookers in the United States, and it is uncommon for a calamity of this nature to happen.”