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Second World War-era bomber crashes in fireball during Conn. landing attempt

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Chris Ehrmann and Dave Collins, Associated Press

Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:23 AM

Last updated Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:46 AM

WINDSOR LOCKS, Connecticut – A World War II bomber crashed into a fireball while trying to land on Wednesday at New England's second busiest airport, injuring at least six people aboard, officials said.

Black smoke rose from the airport as emergency responders responded to the B-17 bomber crash in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, north of Hartford. It was not clear how many people were on board.

Six people on board were taken to Hartford Hospital, said hospital spokesman Shawn Mawhiney. He still had no information about his condition.

The B-17 was trying to land, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Twitter. It was registered as a civilian and not piloted by the military, the FAA said.

The New England Air Museum is near the airport. The plane was associated with the Collings Foundation, an educational group that brought its "Wings of Freedom" vintage aircraft exhibit to Bradley International this week, airport officials said.

Antonio Arreguin said he had parked at a construction site near the airport for breakfast when he heard an explosion. He said he did not see the plane, but could feel the heat of the fire about 250 meters away.

"In front of me, I see this big orange fireball and I knew something happened," he said. "The fireball was too big."

A minor blast occurred about a minute after the first blast, he said. He saw emergency teams fighting in seconds.

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Collins reported from Hartford.

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