A pilot with the Connecticut National Guard who was among the passengers on the B-17 bomber which crashed at an Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, is credited with helping other passengers escape the flames, and survive by using his fire-resistant gloves to open a hatch, officials said Thursday October 3rd.
The plane with 13 people on board crashed, leaving seven people dead, including an insurance analyst, and a former police officer who was a Second World War veteran, AP has reported.
Fortunately, the airman, who was treated at hospital and has been recovering at home, received training on handling emergencies on aircraft, and had brought his military-issued gloves on the flight.
Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, was cited saying, “the Connecticut National Guard is thankful that our airman on board the aircraft is safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic accident.”
The bomber crashed and burned following mechanical trouble on take-off Wednesday morning October 2nd, from Bradley International Airport.