In an extraordinary tale of good fortune, the thirteen people aboard the Bluebonnet Belle survived, after the C47 vintage aircraft crashed during takeoff at the Burnet Municipal Airport this weekend.
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) said the plane was on route to an airshow in, Oshkosh Wisconsin. One person has been transported to hospital for treatment, after sustaining serious burn injuries.
The matter is now the subject of an investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.
“We are thankful the aircrew was able to exit the aircraft. Out hearts go out to them and their families as they recover,” CAF President Bob Stenevik told the ABC.
“Unfortunately, the historic aircraft will not be able to be restored. Our volunteer members work very hard to keep these aircraft flying and it is a loss for the entire organization,” added Stenevik.
PLANE CRASH CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A WWII-era plane called the “Bluebonnet Belle” crashed upon takeoff in Burnet on Saturday morning. All 13 people on board survived, but the plane caught fire. https://t.co/gjMPmeDg0n
(Video courtesy: Matt Gallagher) pic.twitter.com/jtmEs0UDUI
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