Several casualties in Collings Foundation B-17 Flying Fortress crash

The Collings Foundation ‘s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” (Photo Chris Kennedy (CC BY-NC 2.0))

The Collings Foundation’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” crashed this morning shortly before 10:00 AM at Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Connecticut.

Available information on this tragic accident is incomplete and in many cases conflicting, but it appears at least two were killed. Several other were wounded, including one person on the ground. It is reported that 13 people were on board “Nine O Nine”: two pilots and a crewmember, as well as ten passengers.

It appears the aircraft ran into mechanical problems shortly after takeoff and that the accident happened as the pilots were landing the heavy bomber, which ended its run in buildings and was almost entirely destroyed by fire.

We’ll post more information when they become available.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their relatives.


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    • Michael David Lopez on October 3, 2019 at 12:57 AM
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    So sorry for the victims of this tragic crash. And deeply upset at the loss of this aircraft that I had seen and toured the inside of many years ago at Miami’s Weeks Air Museum.

    • Robert VandenHeuvel on October 3, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    Saw her in 2014 at VNY. Tragedy!!

    • Denise L. pricer on October 3, 2019 at 8:40 PM
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    We are so sorry for the loss of Pilots and other support individuals on the Flight.
    What a Beautiful Airplane this was, it will be missed.
    We offer Prayers to all of the families involved.

    • JohnStecker on October 3, 2019 at 9:24 PM
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    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the crash and their families. I am quite upset as I flew on her in 2005 out of Republic Airport in NY.

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