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Planes collide mid-air during Wings Over Dallas event, footage shows

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Two planes crashed in midair during an air show Saturday afternoon in Dallas, according to the FAA.

“A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time Saturday,” a statement from the company said. the FAA. “At this time, it is not known how many people were on the two planes.”

It is not known how many people were on board the planes or if there were any injuries.

Dallas Airport Executive, which hosted the event, said fire and rescue crews were responding. The FAA will participate in an investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the release.

The B-17 was called the Texas Raiders, said Leah Block, spokeswoman for Wings Over Dallas Commemorative Air Force organizer.

Videosapparently from the area, showed that a plane had hit another in flight with people on the ground gasping.

Anthony Mendoza, 27, was at the Wings Over Dallas event with a friend when around 1:45 p.m. a P-63 fighter jet cut the rear of a B-17 bomber, breaking its back in two, did he declare. The front half of the B-17 plunged into the ground, followed by the other aircraft.

“They hit the ground and burst into flames,” Mendoza, who was sitting about 500 yards from the crash, told The Washington Post. “People were in shock. There were people crying, holding each other, visibly upset.

Kris Truskey, 43, who was near the airport’s main terminal with her husband and son, said in a message to the Post that she saw the tail of the B-17 ‘get sliced ​​off’ before the dive and a “fireball”. ”

The crowd took a while to realize it wasn’t part of the show, 25-year-old Mollie Brock said.

“We all saw it, but it took a second for everyone to think it was an accident.”

She and her husband sat about 100 feet from the track during the show. A group of P-63 planes had escorted the B-17, she said, as fireworks simulating bombs exploded.

Paramedics rushed to the scene, Mendoza and Truskey said, and about half an hour later the crowd was asked to leave and the rest of the event was called off.

“I just hope everyone involved is doing well, and praying for their families and loved ones. We are all hoping for a miracle.

He said it was “a lot of wind”.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson (D) called the accident a “terrible tragedy”.

At their peak during World War II, according to Boeing, B-17 bombers could accommodate two pilots and eight crew members. About 12,000 were made and “only a few B-17s survive today, displayed in museums and air shows; most were scrapped at the end of the war.

This is a developing story that will be updated.