A recently released audio recording of the Wings Over Dallas airshow gives a glimpse of moments before and after a collision that killed six airmen and destroyed two World War II aircraft in November.
36 minute air traffic control recording. Dallas Morning News obtained from the FAA, contains conversations between several pilots and an airshow supervisor who is in charge of running the airshow on taxiways, runways, and the show floor.
The November 12 crash at Dallas Executive Airport involved Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Bell P-63 Kingcobra aircraft. One pilot was in a P-63 and two pilots and three crew members were in a B-17.
Air Force Commemorative, which hosted the Wings Over Dallas show, identified the dead as Terry Barker, Craig Hutane, Kevin Michels, Dan Ragan, Len Root, and Kurt Rowe. No one on earth was hurt or killed.
In video from viewers posted on social media, a P-63 can be seen wobbling and striking a B-17 that was flying straight ahead. The impact broke the P-63 and split the B-17 in two, with the forward half of the fuselage exploding in flames on impact with the ground.
‘Come on. Roll trucks.
According to aviation expert Richard Levy, a few minutes before the collision, the air boss asks the bombers, including B-17s, if they see fighters and if they see B-17 fighters. from News.
“Looks like there is visual contact between the planes,” Levy said.
The air boss orders fighters, including P-63s, to fly in a line of 500 feet from the spectators, and bombers to do the same from a line of 1,000 feet.
According to Levy, he orders the fighters to go first and ahead of the bombers.
NTSB member Michael Graham speaks to the press about a mid-air collision between two historic aircraft at the Dallas Airshow on Saturday that killed six people.
“Fighters will be big thrust and up to the right,” was the last transmission from the air boss before the crash at 13:21.
There is a moment of silence in the audio before the airboss, with an urgent voice, says, “Shut up. Drop it. Roll trucks. Roll up the trucks.”
He tells some planes to get into position and apparently directs others to the nearby Lancaster airport as emergency services and fire engines began to respond to the crash.
When will the detailed report be available?
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on November 30.
The four-page report does not state the cause of the crash, but gives details of the minutes and maneuvers leading up to the collision.
The report confirmed audio instructions to move along the 500 and 1000 foot lines, but as the formation of fighters approached the area of action, the report says, the P-63 was on the port bank and collided with the port side of B. -17, just behind the wing section .
A full collision report is expected to take 12 to 18 months.