A vintage WWII bomber aircraft crashed during show at Bradley International Airport

Bradley International Airport, the second-largest airport in New England, Connecticut, which is hosting a show of vintage World War II craft this week, was closed and the FAA put in a ground stop for all arriving flights after a four engine Boeing B-17 had problems and crashed returning at the airport.

The vintage World War II bomber plane, a civilian registered aircraft owned by Collings Foundation, a non-profit organization from Stow, Massachusetts, crashed shortly after takeoff, erupted into flames and killed people on board Wednesday. There were 13 people on board the plane at the time, including 10 passengers.  "There were fatalities," State Police Commissioner James Rovella told reporters, while not specifying exactly how many were killed. One person on the ground was also injured. Hartford Hospital received six patients from the crash, three were initially listed in critical condition, two in moderate condition and one with just minor injuries.

Aerial view at Bradley Airport after crash

“Right now my heart really goes out to the families who are waiting,” Gov. Ned Lamont said. The B-17 was once dubbed the “Flying Fortress” and played a key role for Allied forces in Europe. The planes, 74 feet long with a wingspan of 104 feet, were used in daylight strategic bombing raids against Germany during World War II.