Seven people are dead and six others hospitalized with injuries this morning after a vintage World War II bomber crashed at a Connecticut airport Wednesday morning.
Thirteen people in all were on board the World War II Boeing B17 when it crashed, including three crew members and ten passengers who were all on a flight with the nationwide Wings of Freedom Tour.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane had problems soon after takeoff and was attempting to land before crashing at the end of the runway in flames, ultimately slamming into a maintenance facility for de-icing.
The identities of those killed will not be released until all of the victims’ families have been notified.
No official word yet on just what caused the plane to crash, but an investigation is underway.
And that crash hits close to home for those of us here on WXXV News 25 Today.
Some of you may remember that, earlier this year, our own News 25 Today anchor Lindsey Goodwin took a ride on that very plane when the Wings of Freedom Tour made a stop here in Gulfport back in February.
Lindsey shared with us an up-close-and-personal look of what it’s like to ride on a rare, vintage, World War II B17 bomber, also known as a “flying fortress,” and then upon landing at the Gulfport-Biloxi international airport, she gave us a look at some of the other bomber planes on the tour.
A number of locals also took a ride on the tour’s bomber planes during February’s Wings of Freedom Tour in Gulfport.
The tour is geared toward honoring the sacrifices made by our veterans, providing a real-life, hands-on lesson on our nation’s military history. And until yesterday’s tragedy, the Wings of Freedom tour had experienced a good run with an estimated 3-thousand airport visits across the country.