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.'