Transcript for At least 7 people killed after World War II vintage bomber crashes
first, what we have just learned after a deadly plane crash in the northeast. At least seven people dead tonight. Smoke and flames could be seen for miles. It was a World War II bomber carrying sight-seers and had taken off from the second-busiest airport in new England. What the pilot said moments after takeoff right before the plane slammed into a warehouse. It all happened in Hartford. And ABC's whit Johnson is on the scene in Connecticut tonight. Reporter: The deadly crash rocking Bradley international airport in Hartford just before 10:00 A.M. B-17 has crashed. Fire is seen. No other information is available. You said a b-17 aircraft has crashed? Reporter: A vintage World War ii-era b-17 bomber crashing as it tried to land just after takeoff, slamming into a de-icing warehouse. The plume of black smoke visible for miles. I said, hey, that plane, it's not lined up with the runway. I said, it's going to crash. Reporter: Multiple fatalities and at least six injured, taken to local hospitals, including a member of the Connecticut air National Guard. Of the 13 on the plane, ten were passengers who paid to take the ride and there were three folks, aircraft crew. And there was another person on the ground in the warehouse. Reporter: According to flightaware, the aircraft departed Bradley international at 9:48 A.M. Eastern, reached an altitude of about 800 feet. But only two minutes later, pilots telling the tower they had a problem. What's the reason for coming back? Number four engine. We'd like to return, blow it out. I commented to my associate that was waiting with me that he had just lost an engine. And you could hear it sputtering and he wasn't climbing anymore. Reporter: The bomber, built in 1944, just one of 18 that remain, was part of an educational tour across the country, offering flights to civilians. This airplane was not just old, it was ancient. And so, it's a real question for the FAA. How old is too old? Whit Johnson live with us tonight from Bradley international airport. Whit, as you're learning tonight, there was another incident involving this plane several years ago? Reporter: David, that's in 1987, the same plane overran a runway while trying to land in beaver falls, Pennsylvania. 12 people were onboard, three people injured in that incident. As for this crash, the NTSB has a go team on the ground right now investigating the cause. All right, whit Johnson leading us off tonight. Whit, thank you.
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