Officials: Multiple fatalities, injuries in WWII-era plane crash at Bradley AirportPosted: Updated:
A World War II-era plane crashed at Bradley International Airport Wednesday afternoon, causing multiple fatalities and injuries.
Officials say at 9:45 a.m. a vintage B-17 plane took off from Runway 6 with 10 passengers and three crew members on board. Within minutes, officials say the flight couldn't maintain altitude and crashed into a building used for deicing equipment.
An unnamed state official told the Associated Press that there were at least five killed in the incident. News 12 is working to confirm the number of fatalities.
Chopper 12 was above the scene, which showed smoke from the wreckage and responding emergency vehicles.
The airport was temporarily closed while flights were diverted to TF Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island
Victims were taken to Hartford Hospital and the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.
A News 12 viewer sent a video of the actual plane that went down from a recent air show. It was featured in an air show in New Jersey in August.
The Collings Foundation, which operated the B-17, says it is suspending all activities for the near future, including a tour event at Westchester County Airport scheduled for Thursday.
Airport officials say the plane was part of the Foundation's "Wings of Freedom" vintage aircraft display.