Two WWII Planes Split Half In Fiery Mid-Air Crash At Dallas Air Show

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Two World War II-era planes collided at a Dallas air show on Saturday, and the FAA said it is unknown how many people were on both aircraft. Henry “Hank” Coates, CEO of Commemorative Air Force, said six people might have been on the two aircrafts involved.

There was about an hour left in the show when the collision occurred, Coates said. The pilots are meticulously maintained, and the CAF does its own vetting and preparation.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said the NTSB would take command of the scene and the investigation, and that many details remain unknown.

Emergency crews raced to the crash scene at the Dallas Executive Airport, where the planes landed after colliding in the air. A witness said the planes split in half as soon as one of the little planes split off.

The Boeing B-17 planes that were involved in the blazing crash are considered to a cornerstone of U.S. air power during World War II. Only a handful of these aircrafts remain today.

A woman can be heard screaming and crying hysterically on a video that was uploaded by an eye witness on her Facebook page.

The NTSB will do a thorough investigation, and release a preliminary report to determine what went wrong in this dangerous crash.

The Commemorative Air Force has over 180 aircraft and appears at air shows almost every weekend of the summer time. The pilots are volunteers and have to go through a strict process of training and hours.

The Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Fire Department have offered their counseling services so that all those involved in the aftermath of the crash can move forward.

Air show safety has been a concern for years, particularly with older military aircraft. In 2011, 11 people were killed in a P-51 Mustang crash.

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