WWII Planes Collide at Dallas Airshow | News from the United States

Two historic military planes collided during an airshow in the American city of Dallas.

The planes – a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a P-63 Kingcobra fighter – crashed into each other around 1:20 pm local time.

They were part of the Air Force Wings Over Dallas Commemorative Show which was held approximately 10 miles from the city center.

Officials did not say how many people were on board, but the B-17 usually carries a crew of four or five, while the Kingcobra has only one pilot.

Dallas Morning News said there were no reported injuries among people on the ground.

Anthony Montoya was among those who saw the two planes collide, telling the Associated Press: “I stayed there.

“I was completely shocked and incredulous.

“Everyone around was gasping. Everyone was bursting into tears. Everyone was shocked.”

Debris from two planes that crashed during an airshow at Dallas Executive Airport lies on the ground November 12, 2022. Photo: AP
Image: AP

Also attending the show was Victoria Yeager, the widow of famed Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager and herself a pilot.

He did not see the collision, but he saw the wreck on fire, describing the planes as “pulverized”.

“We just hoped they all got out, but we knew they didn’t,” he added.

The B-17 was used in daytime bombing raids on Germany during World War II, while the Kingcobra was mainly used by Soviet forces during the same conflict.

The incident will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, with a team expected to arrive later today.

There have been a number of fatal accidents at US airshows in recent years.

Eleven people were killed in 2011 in Reno, Nevada after a P-51 Mustang crashed into onlookers.

In 2019, a bomber crashed in Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven people.


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