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    RIP Nine-O-Nine and 7 Passengers

    Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...nnecticut.html


    At least seven people have died and seven others are injured after a World War II-era bomber plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport.
    The B-17G Flying Fortress plane, dubbed 'Nine-o-Nine', went down on Wednesday morning just outside Hartford when it was trying to land on the runway.
    State Police Commissioner confirmed there were fatalities. He added: 'Victims are very difficult to identify, we don't want to make a mistake.'
    Sources told the Hartford Courant that at least seven people were dead.
    Officials said 13 people were on board, including two pilots and one attendant.
    Ten of the people were passengers, including two who were Connecticut firefighters. Another person on the ground was injured when the plane slid off the runway and slammed into a building used to house the airport's deicing equipment.
    The flight took off at 9.45am, after waiting a few minutes for turbulance before it was cleared for take-off, according to FAA air traffic control audio recorded by LiveATC.net.
    Shortly after take-off, the pilot is heard saying: 'N93012 would like to return to the field.'
    The controller then asks: 'What's the reason for coming back?'
    'You got number four engine. We'd like to return and blow it out,' another pilot answered.
    The air control tower then responds, saying: 'N93012 Roger. You can proceed onto the downwind for runway six. And you said you needed an immediate landing?'
    And the pilot responds: 'When you get a chance, yeah.'
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    This plane (and others) used to come to our local airport every year with the Collings Foundation, we (the family and I) have walked through this plane a few times.

    Here is one of my better pics of ol' Nine-O-Nine, she was a beauty. RIP to the seven souls who lost their lives.
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    There's nothing about this to "like."

    My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones and to the Aviation community who lost a proud veteran of WWII. Not many B17s left today.
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    Sad news to hear!
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    Very sad to read and hear! My thoughts and prayers to the families involved!

    I watched Nine-O-Nine land at the Beaver County Airport on that August day in '87! I live not too far from the airport. I didn't get to actually see it all crumpled down over the embankment, but when it kept rolling you knew it was in bad trouble! I also watched it's flight out of the airport in 1990 after being restored! I've always had a love for WWII aircraft! I don't have video or pictures! Sometimes ( like when I railfan) it's a much better experience to just watch and listen! I think back and maybe second guess doing that, but it'll always be there as memories!
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    Sad, Sad news,,,may they RIP
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    It will be interesting to hear what actually caused the crash. None of that dialog really makes sense.
    The B17 should have been able to land with 1 engine down and the other 3 full of bullet holes!
    Of course the old girl is close to 80 years old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arlen View Post
    It will be interesting to hear what actually caused the crash. None of that dialog really makes sense.
    The B17 should have been able to land with 1 engine down and the other 3 full of bullet holes!
    Of course the old girl is close to 80 years old.
    That depends on who was flying it.

    Sorry to hear of the loss of lives.
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    Yup, real sad deal. Hard to figure how it ended up in the de-ice pit area which was 90 degrees to the intended runway 6. Unless he came in way to slow and gunned all engines, where in the #1 & #2 engine would have pulled it hard right, considering #4 engine was out. NTSB will have a difficult time piecing this one back together.
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    This was 9 Yanks and a Rebel, a B17 on Feb 6, 1944

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    This was 9 Yanks and a Rebel, a B17 on Jan 11, 1944.

    My Grandfather was the top turret gunner and the Pilot Lt. Hahn brought them home safely.

    I took him to see the Memphis Belle and offered to go up with him. He declined. He said he spent enough time up in one of them.
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