WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its accident report about what caused a World War II plane to crash at Bradley International Airport in 2019 killing seven people.
The NTSB found that the pilot’s actions, maintenance issues, ineffective safety management system and oversight, all contributed to the fatal crash. The B-17 had just departed Bradley International Airport with 10 passengers when the pilot radioed controllers that they had to turn around because of an engine problem.
Investigators said the partial loss of power in two of the four engines was due to the pilot’s inadequate maintenance contributing to the cause of the crash. The plane was operated by the Collings Foundation.
The NTSB also determined that the Collings Foundation failed to identify and mitigate numerous hazards, including the safety issues related to the pilot’s inadequate maintenance of the airplane.