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A Navy doomsday aircraft that would play a vital communication role in the event of a nuclear war had one of its four engines replaced this month after it struck a bird at a Maryland air station.

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The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report into the fatal crash of a B-17 bomber crash in Connecticut earlier this month.

Shortly after takeoff at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the pilot of the vintage WWII-era plane signaled to air traffic control at Bradley International Airport that he sought to land.

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DALLAS — The initial shock was so violent from the blown engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that Tammie Jo Shults thought there had been a midair collision.

"We couldn't see, we couldn't breathe, and a piercing pain stabbed our ears, all while the aircraft snapped into a rapid roll and skidded hard to the left as the nose of the aircraft pitched over, initiating a dive toward the ground," Shults wrote in her book Nerves of Steel, which was released Oct. 8.

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U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons taxi toward a runway during a Show of Forces event at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 1, 2019. (U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

An Air Force pilot was able to safely eject before an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed Tuesday in Germany, Air Force officials have announced.

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A Connecticut Air National Guard chief master sergeant sprang into acton when the World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress he was a passenger aboard crashed while attempting to land at Bradley International Airport on Wednesday, officials said.

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A fire-and-rescue operation is underway where World War II-era bomber plane crashed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (Associated Press/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. — At least two people have died and more were seriously injured in a fiery plane crash at Bradley International Airport Wednesday morning.

A vintage plane crashed about 10 a.m., bursting into flames and sending up a large plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. Sources say it crashed into a shed as it was trying to land.

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