Two planes collide in midair at Dallas air show, Officials say-VIDEO

Two planes collide in midair at Dallas air show, Officials say-VIDEO
# 13 November 2022 01:41 (UTC +04:00)

Two World War II-era airplanes collided in midair at an air show in Dallas on Saturday, the authorities said, turning the commemorative Veterans Day weekend event into a scene of horror, APA reports citing New York Times

It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard when the planes — a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra — crashed at about 1:20 p.m. local time, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The F.A.A. and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, the F.A.A. said.

The crash occurred at the Wings Over Dallas air show at Dallas Executive Airport, which is about 10 miles south of downtown Dallas.

Videos posted online appeared to show a fast and agile airplane slamming into a larger aircraft as horrified onlookers watched.

Paul Martin, a member of the Army Air Forces Historical Association, said that the Flying Fortress was a bomber airplane that was lumbering and like a “tractor-trailer truck,” big enough to carry a crew of 10 or 11 people, while the Kingcobra was a single-pilot fighter plane.

To have either aircraft in flying condition is a rare occurrence, he said. There are fewer than a handful of either in that condition, he said.

“It’s heartbreaking for me to hear this, both on a human level and a historical level,” he said.