(WWLP) – Officials provided an update to the media at around 12:30 p.m. with details involving a World War II aircraft that crashed at Bradley International Airport Wednesday morning.
During the news conference, officials confirmed there are fatalities. Although they would not confirm how many deaths, there were a total of thirteen people on the plane. Ten passengers on the plane, three crew members, and one person on the ground were all injured.
Officials said the B-17 aircraft took off on runway 6 around 9:54 a.m. and five minutes into flying there was some type of problem causing the plane to not gain altitude. The plane then attempted to return to the runway but lost control on touchdown and struck a de-icing facility.
VIDEO: Hartford Hospital provided an update to the media
Six victims were taken to Hartford Hospital according to Media Relations Manager, Tina Varona, from Hartford Hospital. In a news conference, Hartford Hospital officials said three of those victims are critically ill or injured two are moderately injured and one is minimally injured. They said two of those victims have burn injuries that required them to be taken to the burn center in Bridgeport. Five of the patients were brought in by ambulance and one was flown in by life star.
Stay with WWLP.com for the next news conference scheduled before 5 p.m.
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