WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the B-17 crash at Bradley International Airport that occurred on October 3.
Seven people were killed in the fiery crash, including the two pilots. The B-17, owned and operated by the Collings foundation, had two pilots and 11 passengers on board.
The NTSB report didn’t shed any light on a possible cause of the B17 crash at Bradley on October 2nd., but it did provide details on what led up to it.
Here’s what the report did reveaal. The pilot reported a problem with one of the plane’s engines, and decided to return to the airport about 500 feet above the ground. The pilot declined any assistance on making the emergency landing. Airport surveillance confirmed that the airplane struck approach lights about a thousand feet before the runway. The B-17 hit the ground about 500 feet before reaching Runway 6. It then veered off the runway, crashing into vehicles and an airport de-icing facility.
The NTSB said they are holding onto the wreckage for further examination. They expect it to take at least a year before a cause is determined
According to NTSB Newsroom, the report only contains preliminary factual information. The cause will be determined at the end of the investigation.
Bradley said despite the damage to their de-icing facility, they don’t anticipate that it will impact operations. Below is their statement.
Connecticut Airport Authority Statement:
“We are continuing to cooperate with the NTSB throughout their investigation of the B-17 plane crash and anticipate that they will release the full report of their findings in approximately a year.Connecticut Airport Authority
The crash did result in damage to a deicing facility. We are not anticipating any operational impact as a result of the damage and the airport is capable to de-ice aircraft if necessary.”
National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:
- Bradley Airport B-17 crash: Victims, survivors identified
- 7 confirmed dead in B-17 plane crash at Bradley International Airport
- Connecticut Airman helped people exit the B-17 after it crashed
- The history of WWII B-17 bomber