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By Dan Sobczak
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In April 2021, the NTSB released its final report of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crash that occurred in October 2019, in which the World War II bomber crashed at Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
NTSB board members at the scene of the crash of a B-17 at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, October 2, 2019. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress privately owned by the Collings Foundation crashed at Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, United States. Seven of the thirteen people on board were killed. The aircraft involved was a 74-year-old Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, military serial number 44-83575 (variant B-17G-85-DL) with civilian registration N93012. The aircraft was painted as a representation of a different B-17G, 'Nine-O-Nine' with military serial number 42-31909 (variant B-17G-30-BO), which had been scrapped shortly after World War II. Photo credit: NTSB.
The NTSB determined that the failure to properly manage a loss of engine power was the probable cause of the crash, with inadequate maintenance and oversight as contributing factors.
For more details, be sure to read AOPA's story by Jim Moore here, who has an excellent summary of the crash and the NTSB findings. The story also shows a good image of ADS-B data detailing the flight path of the flight, courtesy of the NTSB.
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Dan Sobczak is the founder of www.FlightChainApp.com, a mobile app that helps pilots learn from accident chains by making NTSB reports more convenient and easier to digest. Dan received his private pilot certificate in 2003.
Flight Chain App and its companion blog www.AheadOfThePowerCurve.com are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.
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Flight Chain App and its blog Ahead of the Power Curve are committed to reducing general aviation accidents, helping improve aviation safety, and growing the pilot population.