The tragedy that occurred on Saturday when two World War II-era aircraft collided and plummeted while performing at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow is being looked at by federal authorities.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins posted a heartbreaking update about the accident on Twitter on 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.
— Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) November 13, 2022
“According to our Dallas County Medical Examiner, there are a total of 6 fatalities from yesterday’s Wings over Dallas air show incident,” Jenkins reported.
Around 1:20 pm, the horrible accident happened. local time, according to a statement the Federal Aviation Administration gave to many media sources.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into the event, the FAA and NTSB both confirmed. The FAA further stated that the only casualties were those on board the aircraft. On the ground, nobody was hurt.
“Authorities will continue working today on the investigation and identification of the deceased,” Jenkins stated on Twitter. “Please pray for their families and all involved.”
Below are pictures from several perspectives of the incident:
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress involved in a midair collision with another aircraft at an Airshow in Dallas. No information has been released on the status of the pilots, or whether any injuries were reported from falling debris. https://t.co/I0iScIWxmd pic.twitter.com/XBnR9ofL6U
— Breaking Aviation News & Videos (@aviationbrk) November 12, 2022
Here’s another view, where you can hear the spectator’s audible shock and horror:
Air collision involving a B-17 bomber and smaller plane at Dallas airshow pic.twitter.com/P8YSa9fkcY
— Ryan (@breakingryan1) November 12, 2022
And now for a much more detailed look at the incident:
another angle pic.twitter.com/qMvabY3qEn
— Jessica O’Donnell 🏈 (@heckyessica) November 12, 2022
Eric Johnson, the mayor of Dallas, addressed the incident on Twitter and, like Jenkins, requested prayers.
As many of you have now seen, we have had a terrible tragedy in our city today during an airshow. Many details remain unknown or unconfirmed at this time. The @NTSB has taken command of the crash scene with @DallasPD and @DallasFireRes_q continuing to provide support.
— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) November 12, 2022
“The videos are heartbreaking. Please, say a prayer for the souls who took to the sky to entertain and educate our families today,” Johnson said.
It would be negligent to omit mentioning the historical treasures that were also lost in the disaster, even though the lives lost do and should take precedence.
Heartbroken. The lives of several aviators and two pieces of aviation history have been lost in the skies over Dallas today. The P-63 King Cobra collided with the B-17 Flying Fortress during the Wings Over Dallas airshow, destroying both planes. Neither aircrew survived. pic.twitter.com/l6Dyhes3hw
— Nathan Moeller 🇺🇸 (@TheAstroN8) November 12, 2022
A Bell P-63 Kingcobra and a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the two aircraft that crashed, both perished in the incident. Even though it was a U.S. fighter, the Kingcobra was mostly utilized by Soviet forces. One of the most recognizable bombers in the American arsenal was the B-17. In fact, the majority of B-17s were destroyed after World War II, based on a statement given to CBS News by Boeing.
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