teknologmuda.com – A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided at the Wings Over Dallas air show around 1:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Jason Evans of the Dallas Fire Department told CNN that officials responded to the incident at Dallas Executive Airport.
According to Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, the death toll in the crash had not been confirmed as of Saturday afternoon.
However, the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing American Airlines pilots, has identified retired and former members of the two pilots killed in the crash.
The APA said in a tweet that former members Terry Parker and Lynn Root were among the crew members of the B-17 Flying Fortress during the Wings Over Dallas Air Show. APA also provides professional advisory services in the aftermath of an accident in its Fort Worth office.
“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and colleagues past and present,” she tweeted.
The active incident page of the service shows that more than 40 fire brigade units were on site after the collision.
At a Saturday afternoon press conference, Commemorative Air Force Chairman and CEO Hank Coates told reporters that the B-17 “usually has a crew of four or five: the P-63 is a “single pilot fighter.”
“I would say it was usually the crew,” Coates said. Until you are released from the NTSB, you cannot release the number of manifests or the names of manifests.
The Air Force Memorial confirmed that both planes are outside of Houston.
“At this time we have no information on the condition of the flight crew as emergency responders are working on the incident,” the group said. They added that they are working with local authorities and the FAA.
The FAA is currently conducting an investigation, which is expected to be handed over to the NTSB around 9 p.m. When the NTSB team arrives on the scene, Coates said.
Saturday night, the NTSB said it would form a high team to investigate the crash. The NTSB said in a tweet that it expects the team to arrive on Sunday. “Member Michael Graham will serve as spokesperson for the site,” the tweet reads.
“The maneuvers they [the planes] were going through were not maneuverable at all,” Coates said. “It was what we call ‘Bombers on Parade’.”
Johnson tweeted later on Saturday that no spectators or anyone on the ground were injured, although the area of debris from the collision included Dallas Executive Airport, Highway 67 and a shopping mall nearby.
The event, which ran through Sunday, has been canceled according to the organizer’s website.
Johnson said in a tweet after the accident: “As many of you have seen, a terrible tragedy happened in our town today at an air show. Many details are currently unknown or unconfirmed.”
“The videos are heartbreaking. Please pray for the souls who have risen to heaven today to entertain and nurture our families,” Johnson said in a separate tweet.
The Dallas Police Department said the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway were closed after the collision.
“This isn’t about airplanes. It’s not about it,” Coates said at a news conference. “I can tell you the planes are great planes. They are safe. They are in very good condition. The pilots are well trained. So it’s hard for me to talk about it, because I know all these people, they’re family members, they’re good friends.
According to Coates, the people who fly planes at CAF air shows are volunteers and go through a rigorous training process. Many of them are airline pilots, retired airline pilots or retired military pilots, Coates said.
The B-17 was part of the Air Force Memorial Collection, nicknamed “Texas Raiders”, and was hanged in Conroe, Texas, near Houston. It was one of approximately 45 remaining complete examples of this model, of which only 9 were airworthy.
The P-63 was much rarer. About 14 specimens are known to have survived, four of which were airworthy to the United States, including one owned by the Memorial Air Force.
More than 12,000 B-17s were built by Boeing, Douglas Aircraft, and Lockheed between 1936 and 1945, nearly 5,000 were lost during the war and most of the rest were scrapped in the early 1960s. About 3,300 P-63s were built by Bell Aircraft between 1943 and 1945 and were used primarily by the Soviet Air Force in World War II.