Seven dead after a WWII-era B-17 bomber crash at a Connecticut airport

(CNN) — Seven people are dead after a World War II-era B-17 bomber crashed into an airport de-icing facility while trying to land at Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, officials said.

The seven were on the plane, James Rovella, commissioner of the state Emergency Services and Public Protection agency, said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

Thirteen people — 10 passengers and three crew members — were on board when the vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed at the end of a runway, authorities said. Connecticut State Police Commissioner James Rovella reported fatalities but would not say how many.

Fourteen people are injured, including everyone on the plane and one person on the ground. It was not immediately clear how many people on the ground may have been killed.

At least five patients were taken to Hartford Hospital after the crash, Hartford HealthCare spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said.

The aircraft is civilian-registered and was not flown by the military at the time of the crash, the FAA said.

The Boeing B-17 bomber that was on tour in the area crashed on landing, according to officials. Smoke and flames are visible throughout the area and a medical helicopter has been called to the scene.

The FAA confirmed that airport officials have closed the airport, and the FAA has put in a ground stop for flights that are destined for the airport.

“A vintage Boeing B-17 crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., at 10 a.m. It is a civilian registered aircraft, not flown by the military. Local officials will release information about the people aboard. We will update this statement when we get new information,” said the FAA in a statement.

Bradley Airport tweeted: “We can confirm that there was an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft this morning at Bradley Airport. We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed. We will issue further updates as information becomes available.

The Collings Foundation had brought several planes to Bradley this week, including the B-17G that crashed, a B-24 –Liberator,  a B-25, a P-51 – Mustang fighter,  and a P-40 Warhawk.

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