The vintage World War II plane killed seven people aboard after it crashed at Bradley International Airport, authorities said.
The aircraft returned to Bradley International airport 10 minutes after it took off, reporting “some type of problem,” but the pilot lost control and struck a maintenance facility and tanks of deicing fluid, Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillion said in a news conference.
“We observed that the aircraft was not gaining altitude,” he added.
13 persons were on board the Boeing B-17, including ten passengers, two pilots, and an attendant. Meanwhile, another maintenance worker on the ground was also involved in the crash, officials said.
Rescue groups from several response agencies rushed to the crash site at the end of the runway shortly before 10am EDT (10 pm, Wednesday in Manila)
The airport was closed by almost four hours after the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board reported that teams are already sent to investigate the cause of the crash.
Doctors at Hartford Hospital stated that they received six patients from the crash, three were initially listed in critical condition, two in moderate condition and one with just minor injuries.