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B-17 That Crashed In Connecticut Had Flown In Redding

A Connecticut state official says seven people died in the crash of a World War-II airplane during an aborted takeoff from Hartford’s airport. Public safety Commissioner James Rovella says the six others who were on the airplane suffered injuries ranging from minor to critical. He says there were no children on the plane. Rovella said heroic actions of people on the plane and involved in the rescue helped to prevent a higher death toll. The B-17 airplane crashed and burned Wednesday morning while attempting to land back at Bradley International Airport. The plane, owned by the Collins Foundation, carried the nickname “Nine-O-Nine”, and has been to Redding on multiple occasions during which local residents took rides. The same plane crashed in August 1987 at an air show near Pittsburgh, injuring three.