October 3, 2019 The Collings Foundation WWII era Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, registration N93012, named “Nine-O-Nine” impacted an airport structure while attempting to return to Windsor Locks-Bradley International Airport (BDL/KBDL), Connecticut.
The aircraft had received clearance for departure from runway 06 at 09:45 hours local time. After takeoff, the aircraft made a right-hand turn. At 09:50 the aircraft contacted the Bradley Tower controller for permission to land on runway 06. This was approved. The aircraft crashed as it attempted to land on runway 06. The aircraft came to rest in an airport de-icing fluid farm located 1100 feet to the east of the threshold of runway 06.
Officials reported that there were ten passengers and three crew members on board. Six people were taken to a local hospital.
Seven occupants were killed and the fate of the remaining six is unknown. Also, three people on the ground were injured
The aircraft was part of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour. Five historic WWII aircraft were on display at Bradley Airport and scenic flights were carried out.
Here is a Video of B-25 pilots give an emotional salute to their fallen B-17 Nine-O-Nine brothers.
Here is Real Aviation communications of B-25 Pilots Give An Emotional Salute To Their Fallen B-17 Nine-O-Nine Brothers.
N3476G: Bradley tower, Mitchell 3476G, holding point runway 6. we’re gonna need about 30 seconds on the runway on the runway after we get in position.
BDL TWR: Mitchell 3476G, Bradley tower. Wind 040 at 5. Runway 6, turn right heading 095, cleared for takeoff. delay on the runway is approved.
N3476G: Cleared for takeoff runway 6, heading 095 on departure, 3476G.
N3476G: Hey Tower, B-25, any chance to take a second to say something?
BDL TWR: Go ahead.
N3476G: This is difficult but bear with it. I think from everybody here, our crew and the entire Collings foundation, we’re very appreciative and deeply sorrow for everything. To all of you here at the airport, to the people of Connecticut, and especially those families that were involved in this tragedy this week.
On a personal note i guess it’s even more difficult because we never do it, but we gotta leave behind two of our friend: Mac and Mike, and our brothers – our brothers and fellow crew. Also a salute to our god old friend, the 909. Collings foundation B-25 is ready for departure
BDL TWR: Thank you very much. I’ll pass it right along Runway 6, cleared for takeoff
N3476G: Cleared to go runway 6, 3476G, thank you guys!
BDL TWR: N76G, on the 095 heading, contact Departure. Have a safe journey
N3476G: 095 heading and over to Departure, 3476G, take-care!