At least two people were killed when two vintage World War Two planes collided and crashed at an air display in the US state of Texas.
The footage shows the planes colliding at a low altitude, splitting one of the planes in half. The impact on the earth is visible as a fireball.
The aircraft, one of which was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, were participating in a memorial air show close to Dallas.
Exactly how many individuals were in the two aircraft was not immediately known.
Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, reported that two of its former members, Terry Barker and Len Root, were among those killed in the incident.
According to some media reports, the crash may have resulted in the deaths of up to six people.
Between 4,000 and 6,000 people had gathered to watch the Wings Over Dallas Airshow on Saturday, and eyewitness Chris Kratovil told the BBC that he had “never seen a crowd grow more silent or more motionless in just a blink of an eye.”
“There was smoldering wreckage in the middle of the airfield, and it went from being a reasonably enthusiastic, dynamic throng… to complete silence and stillness, and a lot of people, including myself, turned their children towards them and away from the airfield.”
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the crash at the three-day event, which describes itself as the US’s premiere WW2 air show and was being held in honour of Veterans Day, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson called it a “terrible tragedy”. “The videos are heart-breaking,” he tweeted. “Please, say a prayer for the souls who took to the sky to entertain and educate our families today.”
The number of casualties are not yet confirmed, he said, but added that nobody on the ground had been reported injured.
According to the event website, six aircraft were slated to do a flyover display on Saturday.
During World War II, the B-17 bomber was crucial to the victory of the air campaign against Germany.
The second aircraft was a P-63 Kingcobra, a fighter deployed in the same conflict but exclusively by the Soviet Air Force.
Hank Coates, from the Commemorative Air Force, which organized the event, claimed that the B-17 typically has a crew of four to five people, whereas the P-63 just has a single pilot. However, he was unable to confirm any casualties.
He explained to reporters, “This was an air show similar to a WW2 flight demonstration where we display the aircraft and their capabilities.
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