B-17 Crashes, Burns, near Chicago
Crew survives crash of WWII bomber: ‘It made my heart race up a beat’
Seven crew members and volunteers walked away without serious injury after a World War II “Flying Fortress” bomber crashed and burned in a cornfield southeast of Aurora Municipal Airport this morning, officials say.
“It looked like nothing could survive that,” said Drew Mundsinger, whose home was about 500 feet from the smoldering crash. “The scary thing is, it was heading right at our house. It made my heart race up a beat. I can clearly look straight out at it.”
The B-17, christened the “Liberty Belle,” took off from the airport at 9:30 a.m. and made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Highway 71 and Minkler Road in Oswego after the pilot reported an engine fire, according to Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkle. Witnesses said he set the plane down between a tower and a line of trees.