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Oswego Plane Crash

June 14, 2011 by staff 

Oswego Plane CrashOswego Plane Crash, A plane of World War II vintage bomber crashed on its way to Indiana in the morning. The accident occurred in Oswego, Illinois. The seven reports, on board survived the crash but the plane was in flames.

The B-17 “Flying Fortress” Liberty Belle appears to be damaged irreparably. He was scheduled to fly over Indianapolis Monday, with public flights offered next weekend as part of 2011, the Freedom Foundation Salute to Veterans tour. Mudra Bob was watching TV in the morning at his home in Oswego Lakeview subdivision when he was surprised by a loud noise. “I just heard something that sounds good,” said Mudra, who went to investigate.

What he heard at 9:40 was a World War II-era bomber B-17 making an emergency landing in a field fire near Route 71 and Route Minkler.

Mudra looked out the window and saw a plane from Lima flight team based in Naperville Lima circling around the earth. Was prepared for the worst.

“Oh, no, another plane Lima Lima is going to crash,” he said.

Mudra walked across a field to where the plane was spinning. When I was near the area where the crippled B-17 was down, there was an explosion.

“Some fuel exploded and the plane broke in half,” said Mudra.

Hours later, officers investigated the scene; the charred remains of the restored B-17 remained in the field of corn and soybeans. The force of the explosion broke the plane in half, with the front end and the other to lean forward and dug in the ground, and the back of the plane tilted back. Both ends of the plane were badly burned. Between the two parties was the bass module plane burns belly gunner.

Seven people were on the flight, but only one minor injury was reported.

Researchers from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene yesterday afternoon talking with two pilots of the Freedom Foundation, Mike Walton and Dave Lyon, who normally fly historical plane and offers flights to veterans and others interested in the Second War II aircraft.

It is not clear that initially was at the controls when the fire began on the plane and forced the emergency landing.

Tim Sorensen, an air safety investigator for the NTSB in the past nine years based at DuPage Airport in West Chicago, said the crew of the B-17 smelled smoke and was trying to find the source when were alerted by another plane – believed to be a member of the Lima Lima team – their plane was in flames. The fire apparently started in the number of attacker February 2 engines, the closest to the fuselage on the left side of the aircraft.

Sorensen praised the pilot, who did not identify the officials, to maintain composure and setting the plane on the field as part of a “controlled landing.”

He said most of the fire damage occurred after the gunman was on the floor.

The researchers examined the plane and pilot and maintenance records before issuing a report in a week, said Sorensen. A final report could take more than nine months to complete.

Sorensen and others said they had problems keeping the weekend that kept the B-17 crew that offer rides to the public, but the pilots determined it was safe to fly on Monday.

Officials said everyone aboard the plane were associated with the Freedom Foundation, which maintains and operates flights to the attacker.

Sorensen said the flight crew was “very consistent and very helpful and cooperative, and we are grateful they are well and able to help.”

He said the plane probably would be removed from the field on Tuesday.

Several witnesses at the scene said they saw the vicious terrorist resume your neighborhood several times at low altitude, followed by a smaller plane.

“I knew I was in trouble,” the witness said Craig Bellafiore. “It was too low and slow.”

“The plane was circling for about 10 minutes, then got out loud engines,” said Brock Spencer, a trustee of Hunt Club Road Elementary School Minkler.

Spencer was out of school cleaning and disinfection of chairs when the accident occurred.

“The plane circled and then placed tightly, then stabilized and fell into the corn field,” he said. “At first, there was only a little smoke coming from the wing, and then caught fire.”

Spencer said he saw very quickly that people had left the plane, and the sirens of emergency vehicles sounding almost immediately.

The restored B-17 Flying Fortress was headed to Indianapolis, police said.

The B-17 had been using the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove as a basis for the last week, offering flights to the public during the weekend nonprofit through the Freedom Foundation. According to publicity materials, the plane was one of 14 B-17 still flying. It was called the Flying Fortress because of his defense firepower.

Federal Aviation Administration Elizabeth Isham Cory, a spokeswoman said the bomber, manufactured in 1944, fell within minutes of leaving the airport around 9:30 am

The plane crashed three to four miles southeast of the airport, said Cory.

The injured person, who was not identified, suffered a minor head wound and was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center for treatment, then released.

Ray Fowler, chief pilot of the Freedom Foundation, said officials have not determined what caused the fire in flight and are beginning to collect information.

The attacker had been grounded by engine problems and on 06 June as scheduled trips for members of the media and veterans of World War II were canceled at the Aurora Municipal Airport.

A Downers Grove man at the scene of the accident, Chuck Derer, 64, said he had to go on a flight in the B-17 on Sunday, but was canceled due to mechanical problems.

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