Commemorative Air Force Confirms Accident with WWII Aircraft C-47 Bluebonnet Belle

A little after 9 a.m. CT, July 21, 2018, the Commemorative Air Force’s World War II aircraft, C-47 Bluebonnet Belle N47HL, had an accident at takeoff and caught fire. The accident occurred at Burnet Municipal Airport in Burnet, TX, where it is assigned to the Highland Lakes Squadron.

Thirteen people were on-board the aircraft when the accident occurred. All 13 were able to exit the aircraft without any fatalities. A few suffered injuries, and two are currently being treated at hospitals. The fire was extensive, and the aircraft is a total loss.

The cause of the accident is currently unknown. The CAF is in direct contact with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support an investigation into this accident.

 “We are thankful the aircrew was able to exit the aircraft. Our hearts go out to them and their families as they recover,” says CAF president, Bob Stenevik. “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."

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