TEXAS, November 13, 2022—Six people were killed after two historic military planes collided and crashed to the ground Saturday afternoon during a Dallas Air Show, officials said.
“According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of 6 fatalities from yesterday’s Wings over Dallas air show incident,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Sunday “According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of 6 fatalities from yesterday’s Wings over Dallas air show incident. Authorities will continue working today on the investigation & identification of the deceased. Please pray for their families and all involved.” He said authorities are continuing to work to identify the victims.
The Allied Pilots Association, the American Airlines pilots’ union, said on Twitter that two of its former members, Terry Barker and Len Root, were on board the B-17 and had died. The Association said on social media “We are saddened to report that retired APA members CA Terry Barker and CA Len Root were among the crewmembers lost on a B-17 Flying Fortress during the Wings Over Dallas airshow today. Our hearts go out to their families, friends, and colleagues past and present.”
The crash occurred around 1:20 p.m. Saturday, when the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport, according to information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to the authorities, there were no reported injuries on the ground. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said the collision’s debris field includes parts of Executive Airport grounds, Highway 67, and a nearby strip mall.
“The B-17 would normally have a crew of four or five, and the Kingcobra would just have a pilot, Hank Coates, CEO and president of Commemorative Air Force, the organization behind the show, said at a news conference Saturday evening.”
Both planes were part of the nonprofit organization’s fleet of 180 aircraft used in its own air shows and those of other groups to demonstrate how the planes were used in World War II.
“This was a World War II flight-demonstration type of air show,” Coates said. “It’s very patriotic.”
America lost six brave Veterans Saturday during the Dallas Air Show, one day following the commemoration of Veterans Day. Our thoughts and prayers to their families during their transition with God.
Source: NBC News contributed to the article.