December 22, 2022
On November 12, 2022, a tragic midair collision took place at an airshow in Dallas, Texas, between a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a P-63 Kingcobra fighter. The two World War II aircraft were destroyed, and six people (the 5-person crew of the B-17 and the single pilot of the P-63) were killed.
The many live cell phone videos of the collision generated a lot of curious media attention, but like all accidents, there is story behind the story, of events that led up to and caused it. These are investigated by the NTSB and often contain valuable lessons. The AOPA Air Safety Institute often produces videos summarizing the findings.
The first video, below, offers some potential insights and questions prior to the NTSB report coming out. I found it interesting, and perhaps you will too:
And here is a follow-on video they did after the NTSB put out its initial report, which answered some questions and raised others: