Six dead in WWII plane crash in Texas

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Six dead in Texas WWII plane crash

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a Bell P-63 KingCobra fighter collided midair Saturday at an air show in Texas, killing six.

Six people died in a World War II plane crash Saturday at an air show in Dallas, Texas, a local elected official said Sunday.

A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a Bell P-63 KingCobra fighter collided in mid-air on Saturday afternoon, the aviation regulator (FAA) earlier said in a statement.

According to the Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of six fatalities in yesterday's crash at the Wings over Dallas air show, it said on Twitter Clay Jenkins, elected leader of Dallas County.

“Authorities will continue to work today on the investigation and identification of the deceased.

—Dallas County Elect Clay Jenkins

The collision took place at the small Dallas Executive Airport during a US military aircraft show. 1940s held as part of the 11 November long weekend.

Witnesses uploaded videos of the crash. On one of them, one of the devices seems to break up before hitting the ground.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted that no spectators or anyone on the ground were injured.

The Allied Pilots Association confirmed on Saturday evening that two of its retired members had died on board the B-17.

Our hearts go out to their families, friends, past and present co-workers, the union said in a statement.

At a press conference shortly after the tragedy, Hank Coates, the head of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), which was organizing the event, said that the B-17 normally has four or five crew members, while the P-63 has only one crew member. x27;one driver.

He added that the pilots who operate these planes during such shows are experienced volunteers with very extensive training and that they are often military pilots retired.

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