B-17 Flying Fortress and P-63 Kingcobra Collide During Dallas Air Show

Photo: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Credit: By Balon Greyjoy - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=101464729

LONDON – On Saturday, November 12, two World War II planes collided mid-air following an airshow display that was taking place in Dallas. Footage of the crash has been circling social media and shows the horrific incident unfolding.

The footage shows a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-63 Kingcobra coming together in what looks to be an unfortunate account of pilot error, however, there is no confirmation at this time as to what has caused the incident. It is not yet known how many people have died as a result of the crash, with still no confirmation on the number of souls onboard each aircraft.

What We Know So Far

7:20 pm Local Time (UK) – Two aircraft collided mid-air during a classic war birds section of the “Wing Over Dallas” Air Show, with a B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-63 Kingcobra involved.

7:25 pm Local Time (UK) – Fire and Rescue teams arrive on site and begin to check for survivors, while also combating a fire which broke out from the ruptured fuel tanks of both aircraft, no confirmation has been released regarding the severity of the incident, however, it is unlikely that there where any survivors.

8:40 pm Local Time (UK) – The FAA released a statement regarding the incident.

9:00 pm Local Time (UK) – Confirmation that the NTSB Officials were en route to begin the investigation into the incident. Few details are available at this time as to what caused the collision, however, additional footage has appeared online which shows the P-63 making a left bank turn when the collision took place, given the layout of the Kingkobras cockpit it is highly unlikely that the pilot of the aircraft would have had any visual confirmation on the location of the B-17 during this manoeuvre.

09:21 pm Local Time (UK) – Footage obtained by WFAA 8 ABC news, shows the horrific incident as it unfolded in the skies over the airshow.

All rights to the video and image are owned by WFAA news.

01:36 am Local Time (UK) – The Allied Pilots association released a tweet confirming the names of some of the crew who have sadly lost their lives following the incident at the Dallas Airshow.

This is a Developing Story, More details will be added as they become available.

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