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World War II–era bomber crashes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/03/19, 11:33 am

A B-17 bomber lost control after takeoff and crashed into a maintenance building at an airport on Wednesday in Windsor Locks, Conn. Seven of the 13 people on board died. The pilots reported the plane was not gaining altitude a few minutes into the flight and turned back to the airport before crashing. The people killed included a former police officer and an insurance analyst, but authorities have not identified any of the others as of Thursday morning.

Why was the bomber in the air? The B-17 Flying Fortress was one of the most celebrated Allied planes of World War II. History buffs and aircraft enthusiasts could take short flights on the vintage bomber and walk around the interior. The crash leaves only nine B-17s actively flying, said Rob Bardua, spokesman for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Michael Cochrane’s report about a B-17 crewman who received one of France’s highest military decorations.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • VISTA48
    Posted: Mon, 10/07/2019 08:51 am

    For the sake of accuracy, this was not an aborted takeoff. The aircraft was airborne for approximately 5 minutes. They had returned to the airport and crash-landed, hitting a de-ice station on the field.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 10/07/2019 02:12 pm

    Thank you for writing to point out the error. We have corrected it.