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October 7, 2019

Collings Foundation cancels flights following fatal Conn. crash

A pillar of smoke rises out of the flaming wreckage of an airplane at a Connecticut airport. Courtesy | IAFF Local S15 A B-17 aircraft crashed at Bradley International Airport in 2019.

The Collings Foundation of Stow has suspended flights of its historic and military aircraft for the rest of the year following a fatal crash in Connecticut, which left seven dead.

The nonprofit made the announcement on its website following the crash of its B-17 aircraft last week at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, where seven people were killed and another seven were injured.

The foundation is cooperating with an investigation into the cause of the crash.

The World War II bomber was part of the foundation's Wings of Freedom tour spanning the country each year, with a stop this year at the Worcester Regional Airport on Sept. 20, 21 and 22. Bradley was hosting the latest stop on the tour.

The Collings Foundation runs the American Heritage Museum in Stow, which opened in May with dozens of military vehicles and other artifacts. Events at that location will continue to take place.

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October 7, 2019

So very sad that this happened. Too bad that moron Blumenthal came out immediately with his insensitive comments and calling for ANOTHER government investigation about grounding the planes immediately. The Collings Foundation has an excellent reputation and should be commended for their work, not chastised in the aftermath for political gain. The pilot, one of the deceased, was a seasoned pilot with many thousands of hours who also helped to maintain these beautiful pieces of history. I am sure he would not knowingly put himself, the other members of the crew or customers in any danger.
Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.

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