Horrific Tragedy At Dallas Airshow As Fighter Collides With B-17 Bomber

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is a major collector, restorer and operator of vintage aircraft. For seven years, the organization has held the Wings over Dallas airshow to show off their remarkable fleet of World War II warplanes on Veterans Day weekend.

But the over 4,000 attendees at the show’s second day of events at Dallas Executive Airport on Saturday witnessed a horrifying tragedy at 1:20pm that day. During a parade of bombers and escorting fighters, the pilot of a single-engine P-63 Kingcobra fighter misjudged a turn and slammed into the fuselage of a four-engine B-17G Flying Fortress bomber named Texas Raiders, completely severing its rear fuselage from the wings and nose.

In three horrifying seconds, the P-63 disintegrated while the B-17’s two halves plummeted to the Earth and exploded in a massive fireball.

The aircraft were flying far too low for the crew to have time, or sufficient altitude, to bail out. Besides the pilot flying the P-63, five were believed to be onboard the B-17 when it exploded, including crew from the CAF’s Gulf Coast Wing.

Man Dies After Truck Propelled by Jet Engines Crashes at Michigan Air Show

The vehicle, called a Shockwave Jet Truck, was racing two planes when it crashed, killing the driver, officials said.

The driver of a truck that could top 350 miles per hour because it was powered by jet engines died after the vehicle crashed on Saturday while racing two airplanes at an air show in Michigan, officials said.

The custom-built race truck, which was equipped with three jet engines and a combined 36,000 horsepower, crashed during the pyrotechnic portion of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Mich., about 50 miles southwest of Lansing.

Chris Darnell, the driver of the truck and a member of a family that had been part of the air show business for many years, was killed, said Barbara Haluszka, the executive director of the festival.

“Chris had a crash, and the jet truck flipped over, and, unfortunately, he did not live,” she said in an phone interview on Saturday night. “All other details are 100 percent under investigation.”

In a statement, Mr. Darnell’s father, Neal Darnell, said the accident was “a result of mechanical failure on the Jet Truck.”

“Chris so loved the Air Show business,” he said. “He was ‘Living the Dream,’ as he said.”

Videos from bystanders show the truck barreling down a runway at Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field in pursuit of the two airplanes, with flames shooting out its back. An excited announcer declares, “He is coming fast! He is coming really fast!”

The airplanes involved were a Zivko Edge 540 piloted by Bill Stein, and a MXS-RH piloted by Rob Holland, said Ryan Traver, a festival board member, who added that the pilots of the civilian aircraft were not injured. It was not immediately clear how fast the planes had been traveling.

A thick orange-and-black fireball can be seen in the foreground of the video, and the vehicle, called a Shockwave Jet Truck, disappears behind it and tumbles after emerging on the other side. Gasps can be heard in the crowd as the truck breaks into pieces along the runway.

Despite what it looks like in many of the videos, the fireball was pyrotechnics and Mr. Darnell did not drive through the flames, Ms. Haluszka said.

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“The pyro is on the grass,” she said. “The jet truck is running on the runway. From the crowd’s side, it looks like he’s driving straight through the pyro. But he’s not.”

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that because the accident involved a truck, not an airplane, the agency was not investigating. The Battle Creek Police Department, which is investigating, confirmed on Facebook the death of Mr. Darnell, 40, but said it had no more information about the crash. The department could not immediately be reached for comment.

The vehicle was owned by Darnell Racing Enterprises. Phone and email messages left for the company were not immediately returned on Saturday night. The truck was described on a website for it as being able to reach speeds topping 350 m.p.h. and as “the most powerful truck in the world,” with three engines providing 21,000 pounds of thrust.

“This is truly an assault of all your senses with huge flames coming out of the 3 after-burning jet engines, fire shooting out of the smoke stacks, intense heat, deafening noise, and SPEED!” the website said.

Mr. Traver said Mr. Darnell’s act included pyrotechnics, but he could not say whether that had anything to do with the crash. Several years ago, Mr. Traver wore a fire-retardant suit and rode in the Shockwave, a ride he called “a heckuva experience.”

“It’s just unreal to be in a vehicle with a jet engine and to be propelled from zero to 300 that quickly,” he said. “It’s not like it’s a car at a racetrack, where you’re slowly getting up to top speed. It’s zero to top speed.”

Tianjin Binhai Explosion Accident

“Explosion accident in Tianjin Binhai New Area” (Explosion accident in Tianjin Binhai New Area) is a particularly major safety accident that occurred in Tianjin Binhai New Area. At 22:51:46 on August 12, 2015, a fire and explosion occurred in the dangerous goods warehouse of Ruihai Company in Tianjin Port, Binhai New Area, Tianjin. The total explosion energy in this accident was about 450 tons of TNT equivalent. 165 people were killed (including 24 active-duty public security firefighters, 75 Tianjin Port firefighters, 11 public security policemen, and 55 employees and residents of the accident company and surrounding companies), 8 people were missing (Among them, there are 5 firefighters in Tianjin, employees of surrounding enterprises and 3 family members of firefighters in Tianjin Port), 798 people were injured (58 serious and serious wounded, 740 light wounded), 304 buildings, 12,428 commodities Cars and 7533 containers were damaged.

As of December 10, 2015, according to the “Statistical Standards for Economic Loss of Employee Casualty Accidents in Enterprises” and other standards and regulations, the approved direct economic loss of the accident was 6.866 billion yuan. The investigation team of the State Council determined that the explosion accident in Tianjin Binhai New Area on 8.12 was a particularly serious production safety liability accident.

From November 7th to 9th, 2016, the first instance of 27 criminal cases involved in the explosion accident in Tianjin Binhai New Area on August 12 was held by the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court and 9 basic-level courts respectively. The defendant units involved in the above-mentioned cases, 24 directly responsible personnel and 25 defendants of related duty crimes were publicly pronounced. After the sentence was pronounced, the defendants in each case pleaded guilty and repented. Twenty-five staff members of state organs including Wu Dai, director of the Tianjin Municipal Transportation Commission, were sentenced to three to seven years in prison on charges of dereliction of dut