NTSB: WWII bomber's wing on fire before landing

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 6:09 PM
NTSB: WWII bomber's wing on fire before landing

A federal report has found that a World War II bomber made an emergency landing in an Illinois cornfield after a fire on one of its wings.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that the National Transportation Safety Board report came out Wednesday on the June 13 incident. The reports says seven people aboard the B-17 bomber exited the plane safely as the fire spread to the rest of the aircraft.

According to the NTSB, crew from another plane radioed the B-17 about the fire on the wing after takeoff from Aurora Municipal Airport in Illinois. The pilot landed the plane about 8 miles away from the airport.

The report didn't say what caused the fire on the plane's wing. The plane, known as the Flying Fortress, was built in 1945.


Information from: The Beacon-News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews