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

Mid-air collision at Dallas airshow kills 6


Mid-air collision at Dallas airshow kills 6

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Two World War II-era airplanes collided while performing a flyover at a commemorative event in Texas on Saturday, crashing into the ground and erupting into a ball of flames that left onlookers shocked and dismayed.

Six people were onboard the two planes at the time of the crash, the Commemorative Air Force said, and all six were killed, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

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.

NTSB board member Michael Graham said during a Sunday press conference that neither plane had flight data recorders, also known as black boxes. He stated that investigators are looking for photos and videos of the scene from the public.

“They’ll actually be very critical since we don’t have any flight data recordings,” said Graham. Graham stated that witness images and video can be sent directly to witness@ntsb.gov.

Several videos posted on Twitter showed the fighter plane appearing to fly into the bomber, causing them to quickly plummet to the ground and setting off a large ball of fire and smoke.

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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 showed interest in the flyover through social media posts. The flyover is held in honor of Veterans Day, Friday.

Anthony Montoya saw the two 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 mayor of Keller, Texas, a small city about 30 miles north of Dallas, said in a Facebook post that a former city councilman, Terry Barker, was among the deceased. Mayor Armin Mizani stated that Barker was a father, husband, and Army veteran.

“Terry Barker was beloved by many. He was a friend and someone I sought his guidance often. Mizani wrote that even after he retired from the City Council and flew for American Airlines, his love of community was still evident.”

Ohio Wing Civil Air Patrol Major Curt Rowe also died in the crash, according to the agency.

“Curt touched the lives of thousands of his fellow Civil Air Patrol members, especially when flying cadets during hundreds of orientation flights,” wrote Colonel Peter Bowden.

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.

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

“It was pulverized,” said Yeager, 64, who lives in Fort Worth.

“We were just hoping they had all gotten out, but we knew they didn’t,” she said of those on board.

“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 don’t understand it. “

A woman next to Young can be heard crying and screaming hysterically on a video that Young uploaded to her Facebook page.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.

Air show safety — particularly with older military aircraft — has been a concern for 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.

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