The latest: Authorities release additional information on deadly B-17 crash at Bradley


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn (WWLP) – Connecticut State Police released the names of the victims that were on the B-17 plane that crashed at Bradley International Airport on Tuesday as well as thanked many agencies who assisted with the crash.


  • Pilot -75-year-old Ernest McAuley of Long Beach, California
  • Co-Pilot -71-year-old Michael Foster of Jacksonville Florida
  • 56-year-old David Broderick of West Springfield
  • 66-year-old Gary Mazzone of Broad Brook, Connecticut
  • 48-year-old James Roberts of Ludlow
  • 59-year-old Robert Riddell of East Granby, Connecticut
  • 64-year-old Robert Rubner of Tolland, Connecticut


  • Flight Engineer – 34-year-old Mitchell Melton of Dalehart, Texas
  • 36-year-old Andy Barrett of South Hadley
  • 62-year-old Linda Schmidt of Suffield, Connecticut
  • 62-year-old Tom Schmidt of Suffield, Connecticut
  • 48-year-old Joseph Huber of Tariffville, Connecticut
  • 54-year-old James Traficante of Simsbury, Connecticut.

Police released the names in a news conference at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley.

“When unexpected casualty events occur in our state, we have a mutual aid agreement that begins immediately. Yesterday a tragic event shocked and saddened all of us. Yet there was a true team effort to respond to the scene and to try and save as many lives as possible. This is a small state in which our first responders act as one for the best interest of their fellow citizens. They have my thanks, as well as the gratitude from Connecticut citizens. This was a remarkable effort by all in demonstarting exceptional cooperation considering the logistics involved. As the investigation into the crash continues, we keep the families of those injured and killed in our thoughts and prayers.”

-James C. Rovella, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

The agencies that assisted in the incident are listed below:

First responders:

  • Connecticut State Police
  • State Fire Training Academy
  • Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
  • Connecticut Airport Authority
  • DEEP
  • Airport Operations
  • Windsor Locks Police Department
  • East Granby Resident Trooper’s Office

Federal Agencies:

  • NTSB
  • FAA
  • TSA
  • FBI
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • ATF

Hospitals that treated the injured:

  • Hartford Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • Bridgeport Hospital

Fire Departments which provided mutual aid support:

  • Windsor Locks
  • Windsor
  • East Granby
  • Suffield
  • Blue Hills
  • Bloomfield
  • CT Air National Guard
  • Hazardville Shaker Pines
  • Rocky Hill
  • Willington
  • Berlin
  • Hartford

EMS providers who responded:

  • Thompsonville
  • North Thompsonville
  • Enfield
  • Avon
  • Burlington
  • Canton
  • Farmington
  • Simsbury
  • Newington
  • Wethersfield
  • Cromwell
  • Windsor Locks Lions Ambulance
  • Collins Aerospace
  • East Windsor
  • Windsor
  • Ambulance Service of Manchester
  • American Medical Response
  • Granby
  • Windsor
  • Life Star Helicopters

The Office of the State Medical Examiner, the American Red Cross from Connecticut, Lockheed-Martin, the Bradley Air Traffic Control, State Attorney Inspectors, and the Sheraton Hartford at Bradley Airport all aided in the crash.

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