No fewer than seven people have been reported dead after a World War II bomber crashed on Wednesday.
The Boeing B-17 aircraft which the US Air Force deployed against Germany and Japan crashed at Bradley International Airport in the northeastern US state of Connecticut, while trying to land.
According to officials, 10 passengers and 3 crew were on the aircraft.
A Connecticut state disaster emergency official, James Rovella noted that there had been fatalities but said it was too early to say the exact number.
“Burn victims are very difficult to identify. We don’t want to make a mistake,” he said.
He added that a maintenance officer working on the ground was also injured.
7 Die After World War II Plane Crashes In US
Local media cited officials as saying that the crash left at least seven dead and nine injured, including three people who were on the ground at the time.
The director of the state’s airport authority, Kevin Dillon disclosed that the pilots had radioed the control tower to say they were experiencing problems, ten minutes after the flight took off.
“We could see they could not gain altitude. Upon touchdown they obviously lost control, struck our de-icing facility here as well as a maintenance facility,” he told reporters.
A spokesman for Hartford Hospital, situated 15 miles (25 kilometers) from the airport, told AFP the facility had received six patients, three of whom were critical.
However, the reason for the crash is still sketchy.
The airport was reportedly closed for several hours before later reopening.