A vintage WWII plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Wednesday morning and caused a large fire.Rescues are underway. State police said troopers and firefighters responded to the airport for the crash around 10 a.m.Smoke and flames are visible from the ground. The airport is closed.
According to Bradley International Airport, the airport is closed while an active fire and rescue operation is underway.
Officials have confirmed a vintage B17 aircraft crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land. The plane involved is a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft as part of the Wings of Freedom tour, according to the airport. It’s unclear how many people were onboard the plane.The plane is a civilan registered aircraft and is not flown by the military, the FAA added.
Bradley Airport tweeted: “We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport. We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.
We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport. We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.
— Bradley Intl Airport (@Bradley_Airport) October 2, 2019
According to a construction worker at Bradley Airport who saw the accident spoke to News 8 and told, that a military plane was taking off and didn’t have enough power. The plane tried to land, but hit the ground, impacting the fuel farm/fuel tank.
According to our pilot a plane crash on the runway in Hartford has closed the airport and has everyone scrambling. pic.twitter.com/khAGbq50z5
— Aaron Katzman (@aaron_katzman) October 2, 2019
Rescues are currently underway and there is an active fire at the airport, the airport added. At least three patients were taken to Hartford Hospital, including one via Lifestar and two by ambulance.