A mid-air collision, during the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow, has left 6 dead. The two planes involved were a B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-63 Kingcobra.
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The two historic aircraft collided while onlookers were left shocked. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said local police and fire quickly arrived to provide support, but there were no survivors.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) eventually took charge of the scene and the investigation. The NTSB believes an investigation into the cause of the collision should produce a preliminary report in four to six weeks. However, they believe a final report may take up to 18 months to fully complete.
In the meantime, Michael Graham, an NTSB member, told reporters, “We’ll look at everything that we can and we’ll let the evidence basically lead us to the appropriate conclusions. At this point, we will not speculate."
The pilot of the P-63 was identified as Craig Hutain.
The five crew members aboard the B-17 have been identified as Terry Barker, Leonard "Len" Root, Curt Rowe, Kevin "K5" Michels and Dan Ragan.
The Texas based Airshow announced the remaining portions of the event would be canceled.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this difficult time.
Featured Image: A B-17F conducts a flyover during the Joint Base Andrews Air Show on September 17, 2017.(US Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy)