Just a day after our nation celebrated its proud and brave men and women who’ve served our country, tragedy has struck at a commemorative World War II airshow.
It was the day after Veterans Day in Dallas, when two well-restored examples of some of our military’s most battle-tested airplanes collided mid-air.
Two planes collided in midair at the Wings Ove Dallas Airshow at the Dallas Executive Airport on Saturday afternoon.Advertisement - story continues below
The accident took place during the Wings Over Dallas World War II Airshow at 1:25 p.m.
“A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas around 1:20 p.m. local time Saturday,” the Federal Aviation Administration said. “At this time, it is unknown how many people were on both aircraft.”
Video of the incident hit social media instantly, but we feel obligated to warn you that the videos that lie ahead are tragic in nature and may contain strong language.
⚠️ GRAPHIC VIDEO: A mid-air collision involving two planes near the Dallas Executive Airport, today. The accident took place during the Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at 1:25 p.m., according to Dallas Fire-Rescue. A @FOX4 viewer took this video. @FOX4 is working for more details. pic.twitter.com/jdA6Cpb9Ot
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) November 12, 2022
— (((Tendar))) (@Tendar) November 12, 2022
Crazy video of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a P-63 Kingcobra crashing to the ground after a midair collision over the airfield at Dallas Executive Airport (RBD) #WingsOverDallas pic.twitter.com/boQvOuMQcn
— Sportsman Nate (@foursticks_nate) November 12, 2022
Local officials were providing what they could in terms of love and support.
In a tweet, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson described the accident as a “terrible tragedy in our city” and noted that there were still many unanswered questions regarding it.Advertisement - story continues below
“The videos are heartbreaking,” Johnson wrote. “Please, say a prayer for the souls who took to the sky to entertain and educate our families today.
In a press conference on Saturday evening, Hall Coates, the president of the Commemorative Air Force, told reporters that the families of crew members involved in the disaster, as well as eyewitness, would be offered support and counseling.
As of this writing, authorities have not released any information regarding the crew aboard the aircraft.