Two planes — a Boeing B-17 bomber and a smaller plane — collided mid-air on Saturday at an air show in Dallas, immediately fell to the ground and caught fire.
The condition of the pilots in both planes has yet to be determined, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
Dramatic footage captured by people attending the air show shows the larger B-17 bomber flying in a straight line, not very high off the ground, while the smaller plane – a Bell P-63 Kingcobra, from left in his direction. The smaller plane crashes on top of the B-17, a World War II aircraft, and the two planes immediately disintegrate, according to footage.
Within seconds, the planes are on the ground, covered in a fireball.
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The collision occurred during the Air Force Wings Over Dallas memorial show, the Associated Press reported, adding that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have begun investigations.
The B-17, a four-engined bomber, played an important role in winning the air war against Germany in World War II. With a reputation as a workhorse, it became one of the most produced bombers ever. The P-63 Kingcobra was a fighter aircraft developed by Bell Aircraft during the same war, but used only by the Soviet Air Force.
One of the last major crashes of a B-17 was on October 2, 2019, when seven people were killed in an accident at an airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
(With inputs from AFP)
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