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Bomber plane crash near Hartford kills seven, injures six

On October 2, 2019, an old bomber plane crashed near Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven and injuring six. The plane, a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, was built in 1944 and designed to withstand battle damage. However, as New York residents can guess, the plane is not so safe for transporting passengers as it is not up to modern airplane safety standards.

Despite a thorough investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the cause has yet to be determined. It turns out, though, that the pilots reported engine trouble a few minutes after takeoff and requested that they return to Bradley International Airport. The plane went down, clipping several runway landing lights before crashing into a deicing facility and catching fire.

This is, in fact, the 21st accident involving WWII-era bomber planes that the NTSB has investigated since its inception in 1982. Three of the planes were B-17Gs. In all, the 21 incidents ended in 23 fatalities.

Across the country, pilots are taking paying passengers onto these vintage bomber planes for short flights. While it may provide a unique experience, the risks are undeniable. One thing is that the people who man these planes tend to be elderly. The pilot and co-pilot in this incident, for instance, were 75 and 71 years old respectively. Both are presumed to have died.

Those who are injured in a private airplane accident may wonder what the procedure is when it comes to seeking damages. In crashes involving planes that are older than 18 years, the aircraft manufacturer cannot be sued in a product liability case. As for the pilots, they may or may not carry liability insurance, and airplane mechanics almost never carry such insurance. Victims may want a lawyer to assess their case and leave the gathering of evidence and the negotiating of a settlement to him or her.

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