A plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday morning, according to airport officials and local news media reports, and there were reports of an unconfirmed number of casualties.
The accident involved an antique military aircraft, officials said.
Photos posted on social media showed flames and plumes of black smoke rising from the airport, which is near Hartford.
“A vintage Boeing B-17 crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., at 10 a.m.,’’ according to a statement by the Federal Aviation Administration. “It is a civilian registered aircraft, not flown by the military.”
The plane, which was described as a vintage B-17 bomber, crashed into a building at the airport, according to local media reports. The airport was closed as a result of the accident.
A hospital in Hartford said it was awaiting several casualties from the crash, according to local news reports.
Bradley is the main commercial airport in Connecticut and is home to the New England Air Museum, which houses a number of vintage aircraft.
The nonprofit Collings Foundation promotes “living history” events. Founded in 1979, it focused on “transportation-related events” and in the mid-1980s expanded to include “aviation-related events” like airshows, according to the foundation’s website. Since 1989, the foundation has focused on the “Wings of Freedom Tour” featuring World War II aircrafts.
A spokesman for the Collings Foundation declined to comment and said the organization would be issuing a statement.