Transcript for At least 7 people killed in WWII plane crash
Now to the investigation under way into that deadly plane crash in Connecticut. At least seven people killed and several others injured when a World War II era vintage plane crashed shortly after takeoff. Whit Johnson is at Bradley international airport with the latest. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Robin, good morning to you. The NTSB has a go team on the ground right now. They expect to be here for seven to ten days looking INT this deadly crash. The b-17 with 13 people on board was only in the air for about five minutes before something went horribly wrong. A fiery crash land ago as it dropped from the sky Lambing into this de-icing facility minutes after takeoff. The World War iib-17 bomber radioed the tower for help. What's the reason for coming back. Number 4 engine we'd like to return. Big puff of smoke. Reporter: Killing seven including Robert Riddell. Respond no matter where you are proceed to the crash. Reporter: Six injured taken to local hospitals. Built in 1944, the bomber was traveling the country, providing tours and flights to the public. Ten more passengers who paid to take the ride and there were three aircraft crew and there was another person on the ground in the warehouse. Reporter: One passenger an air National Guard command chief was seated in the back of the aircraft. Now being hailed as a hero. Our understanding he popped the hatch and was able to extract some individuals when the tragedy hit. His training kicked in. Reporter: One of those lives saved Mitch Melton who served in the army and air force. He has a couple of broken ribs. He had a bleed in his liver but he went into surgery for it. I was just happy to be able to say that we were going to be able to have him in our life still. Reporter: We've also learned that two local firefighters were on board and injured in the crash. The company that owns the b-17 releasing a statement saying, our thoughts and prayers are with those who are on that flight and while be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders. Thinking of all those family, thank you.
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