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FAA DETERMINATION IN B-17 CRASH

The Federal Aviation Administration, citing safety concerns, has revoked the Collings Foundation’s permission to carry passengers aboard its historic aircraft, one of which crashed and burned at Bradley International Airport in October, killing seven.

The WWII B-17G bomber Nine-O-Nine developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff from Bradley on Oct. 2, 2019, and crashed as the pilot tried to nurse the crippled aircraft back to the airport. Five passengers who paid $450 each to fly aboard the historic aircraft, the pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the resulting crash and fire.

Four passengers and the flight’s crew chief survived, although some suffered serious burns.

In a decision released this past March, Robert C. Carty, the FAA’s deputy executive director of flight service standards, found that there were problems with two of the aircraft’s four engines and that the Collings Foundation did not follow the requirements of its permission to operate the

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