6 Dead After Two Planes Collide at Dallas Air Show

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The identities of some of the people who died at the Dallas airshow commemorating World War II are now known. 

CNN reported that the collision resulted in two former pilots and former members of the Allied Pilots Association, the labor union representing American Airlines pilots.

Twitter announcement by the APA that CA Terry Baker was killed and CA Len Root died in the incident. “our hearts go out to their families, friends, and colleagues past and present.”

Two planes collided in Dallas on Saturday, Texas during the Commemorative wings Over Dallas Show at 1:20 p.m.

Federal Aviation Administration reports that a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, and a Bell P-63 King Cobra crashed into each other at Dallas Executive Airport. Social media video shows the moment of impact, while others react in shock.

At a press conference, Hank Coates’ President and CEO, Hank Coates told reporters that the B-17 typically has four to five crew members, which was the case with Hank Coates. He said that the P-63 was a “superior” aircraft. “single-piloted fighter type aircraft.”

USA Today reported that there were approximately 4,000 viewers at the show. The show was free of injury to paying customers and spectators.

Eric Johnson, the mayor of Dallas, posted this tweet. “As many of you have now seen, we have had a terrible tragedy in our city today during an airshow. Many details remain unknown or unconfirmed at this time. The @NTSB has taken command of the crash scene with @DallasPD and @DallasFireRes_q continuing to provide support.” 

Johnson followed up with a tweet: “The videos are heartbreaking. Please, say a prayer for the souls who took to the sky to entertain and educate our families today.”

The NTSB stated that it had investigated 21 crashes involving World War II bombers since 1982. This led to 23 deaths.

The investigation is being led by the NTSB.

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