Authorities identify six dead in crash at Dallas air show

Authorities identified the six people killed Saturday afternoon when two military jets collided mid-air during an air show over northern Texas.

The names were released by the Commemorative Air Force, a Dallas-based nonprofit that put on the show. The group identified the deceased as: Terry Barker, Craig Hutain, Kevin “K5” Michels, Leonard “Len” Root, Dan Ragan and Curt Rowe. Barker is a former Keller councilman and a retired American Airlines pilot, and Root was also a retired American Airlines pilot.

All six perished when a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber collided with a P-63 Kingcobra fighter jet, The Associated Press reported on Saturday. The B-17’s typical crew is around four to five people, the AP added. The air show was dubbed the Wings Over Dallas WWII Air Show and was held at the Dallas Executive Airport.

“We are heartbroken to report that the following members of the Commemorative Air Force traveled west on Saturday, November 12, 2022, to the Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow while performing,” the Commemorative Air Force said in a statement. “Please join us in mourning the loss of our good friends and fellow Airmen.”

The National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency that investigates civil aviation and other accidents, is investigating the accident. The council’s functions include determining the causes of accidents and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing similar occurrences.

Multiple videos posted to social media on Saturday showed the two planes colliding and the larger craft plummeting to the ground, causing a fiery explosion and an ensuing cloud of black smoke. No one on the ground was injured.

“The videos are heartbreaking. Please say a prayer for the souls who have taken to heaven to entertain and educate our families,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said on Twitter Saturday.

The NTSB tweeted on Monday pictures of its investigators visiting the crash scene which included the charred wreckage of one of the planes.

The board is due to hold a press conference with additional updates on Monday afternoon.

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