Sad News on WWII Plane

The WWII plane that flew overhead in my backyard last weekend and inspired my Saturday blog post, crashed today.

Here is the photo I was lucky to capture over the weekend.  It was gigantic, low flying, and possibly a B-29.

Hubby called the local air museum the next day to learn if they knew anything about the aircraft that flew over our house.  They did!  It was their B-17.  They said,  “It looked so big to you because they only fly at 1,200 feet.”

Today, hubby woke up to the news that the aircraft crashed.  The plane was carrying ten passengers who had paid for a demonstration ride, an attendant, and two pilots.  It apparently lost an engine on takeoff, declared an emergency, and came back around to land when it crashed into a maintenance area and caught fire.  So far, there at least seven fatalities.  So very sad. More are injured so the toll could go higher.

Here are photos on our evening news:

How tragic to loose so many lives and an historic WWII plane.  It is a sad day.

I can’t help but think how life can change in a flash.  Don’t take anything for granted, pay attention to children, and be kind.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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53 Responses to Sad News on WWII Plane

  1. It is so tragic. I just saw it on the evening news. 😦

  2. So very sorry, Jennie. 😦

  3. This was on our news. Sad, Jennie.

  4. So, so sad and unexpected. And thank you for the update, even if it was a sobering ending to such an inspiring and spontaneous sighting over the weekend.

  5. beth says:

    I am so sorry for everyone involved.

  6. srbottch says:

    It us sad news, Jennie. I believe that plane was at the local air show here, as well. The vintage planes were tracking over our home and this big one came lumbering overhead much to our awe and admiration. May the poor souls Rest In Peace.

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    That’s awful, Jennie. 1,200 feet? I had no idea. Your last words of advice (Don’t take anything for granted, pay attention to children, and be kind) should be something for all of us to strive for on a daily basis.

  8. Oh my goodness, Jennie!! I did not realize the plane I saw on the news was the same one you wrote about. That does bring it closer to home. It’s sad that so many lost their lives and others injured. No moment should ever be taken for granted. I’ve learned that lesson well. I’m sure this has you troubled a bit. You brought us an awareness we would not have had and a closer connection. We need that now. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Jennie says:

      You put everything into words so well, Marlene. Thank you! I was stunned to find out it was the same plane. It really brings it home. Yes, we need that awareness now. I will never again take something for granted.

  9. I’m really sorry to hear that.

  10. Oh, Jennie, how very tragic. I am so sorry to learn of this.

  11. Darlene says:

    This is such sad news. You are right, never take life for granted. Xo

  12. I read about it this afternoon. It’s so tragic and sad. You’re right we never should take life for granted.

  13. Ritu says:

    Oh that is so sad… 😔

  14. beetleypete says:

    Oh, so sad. It wasn’t reported here. And to think I was so excited, trying to identify the type.
    Those poor people…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      We felt the same way. In the euphoria of seeing the aircraft, hubby called to learn more. Just like you. And then the crash. Yes, those poor people. Best to you, Pete.

  15. tidalscribe says:

    I love watching planes – we lived right by Heathrow airport for years and my son is in the RAF – posted to USA AT present. I could imagine that plane flying over your house. Every year at the Bournemouth Air Festival we love watching our Lancaster bomber and your Sally B bomber flying, often right by our house. The joy of looking up in the sky is darkened by the fact that inevitably some come down. A few years back one of the Red Arrows crashed in a field after completing their routine over the sea front at Bournemouth. That was an awful day. It must have been a shock when you heard of the crash.

    • Jennie says:

      I so enjoyed your wonderful comments. Thank you! I can picture you seeing and feeling just what we did, so many times. You must be very proud of your son. When hubby was in the Navy, his fighter squadron had exchange officers from the Royal Navy, as both flew Phantoms. They were some of the greatest people in his squadron. Wonderful memories. While I have seen hundreds of Navy jets over the years, nothing can compare to seeing that B-17 flying low. Like the Red Arrow, the crash was a shock.

      • tidalscribe says:

        Thanks Jennie, yes it is a real thrill standing on the cliff top seeing the bombers fly low over the sea. My father was in Bomber Command during WW2, though he never talked much about it. Our son took us to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Connigsby where you can have a guided tour of the planes in the hangar during the winter, where they recieve lots of care! It is amazing to see the Lancaster close up and of course the iconic Spitfire.

      • Jennie says:

        How wonderful! I can only imagine the thrill of being on the cliff and watching the bombers. Our generation of parents rarely talked about their time in the war. It’s just how it was at that time. Aviation museums are fantastic. Your Battle of Britain tour must have been one of your best experiences. I enjoyed the link. Many thanks!!

  16. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is very sad news, and you are correct–never take anything for granted.

  17. mimionlife says:

    So sad. My husband and I enjoy watching aircraft. The stories and the lives of the people who fly/flew the aircraft are amazing.

  18. Oh, no! My husband and I were just watching this on the news. I didn’t realize it was the same plane you’d written about.

  19. What a terrible accident. So sad to hear. 😦

  20. Opher says:

    What a great tragedy on all counts!!

  21. I am sorry too, but otherwise you had the chance to see it a last time. Michael

  22. Dan Antion says:

    I am still catching up on blog posts, Jennie. It was a very sad day when that plane crashed. A few hours after the crash, I was on my way to run an errand. I drove past our town’s fire department. The vehicles were parked somewhat randomly, and the crews were gathered in the front lawn area. They looked so quiet. I can only imagine how hard it is for emergency crews to report to a tragedy like this, where there is so little they can do.

    • Jennie says:

      No worries, Dan. I feel like I’m always catching up on reading blog posts. How sad to realize that what you witnessed was the crash aftermath. I’ve often thought about how tragic it must be for first responders.

  23. how tragic. I am so sorry for all.

  24. Harry says:

    That’s distressing…

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