bam : Warbird crash : The B-17 Liberty Belle Down

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What a disaster , but no one 's hurt .   Loose oil/fuel line ??


From: Jean Schoefs

Subject: The B-17 Liberty Belle Down




Smoke could be seen from a neighborhood near a field where a World War II B-17 bomber crashed near Route 71 and Minkler Road in Oswego Monday, June 13. The crash is about a quarter mile off Route 71.



AURORA, IL - A World War II vintage bomber plane crashed on its way to Indiana Monday morning.


The crash occurred in Oswego, Illinois. All seven on board reportedly survived the crash, but the plane was on fire.


The B-17 flying fortress  "Liberty Belle" appeared to be damaged beyond repair. It was scheduled to fly over Indianapolis Monday, with public flights offered next weekend as part of the Liberty Foundation's 2011 Salute to Veterans tour.


The B17 plane, built in 1944, took off from Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove at 9:30 a.m. Monday and landed in a field about 5 miles from the airport just a few minutes later, according to FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.


A spokeswoman for the Oswego Fire Dept. said the incident occurred near Route 71 and Minkler Road. Isham Cory said it was about 3 miles southeast of the airport.


Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkel said shortly after takeoff, the pilot reported a fire on board.

"He attempted to make a return to the airport, but couldn't make it so he put it down in a cornfield," Kunkel said.


The plane was on fire and fire crews from Oswego, Sugar Grove and other departments were on the scene, but were having difficulty getting to the crash because of "extremely wet fields," Kunkel said.

There were seven people aboard the plane when it went down, and all seven escaped without injury, Isham Cory said.



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