WINDSOR LOCKS – Bradley International Airport, located at about the midway point between Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the top airports in all of New England. Situated in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, it has become a hub of all southwestern New England travel and has helped connect people to the rest of the world when they cannot feasibly make it to Logan Airport in Boston to begin their travels. Unfortunately, Bradley was in the news for all the wrong reasons yesterday when tragedy struck.

Yesterday morning, a vintage B-17 plane from World War II took off at Bradley with 13 people aboard – ten passengers, two pilots, and one flight attendant. Just five minutes after the take-off, it was reported that the plane was having trouble and executives of the Connecticut Airport Authority noted that altitude was not being gained by the airplane. Upon trying to return to the airport just nine minutes after take-off, the plane crash landed. According to one witness, smoke was coming out of the plane before an explosion occurred.

As for the people onboard, tragically, seven of them died in the crash and everyone else was injured, including one person on the ground who was hurt by debris that shot out from the plane upon its crash. None of the people on board have been identified, but families have been notified. Six of the seven are being treated at the nearby Hartford Hospital, with three of them in critical condition.

The Boeing B-17 plane is one of eighteen vintage planes still cleared to fly in the United States, but there will definitely be some re-evaluating of the criteria for aircraft inspections after this accident. The airplane was in town for a vintage showcase in Connecticut. As for the Bradley International Airport, many flights were diverted to Providence, Rhode Island's airport and runways did not reopen until the afternoon.

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