What we know about the victims of the Dallas air show plane crash

What we know about the victims of the Dallas air show plane crash

Six people have been confirmed dead after two planes collided during the Wings Over Dallas show on Saturday. This article will be updated as we learn more about each victim.

DALLAS – Across the country, people are mourning the loss of six people who died after an in-flight plane crash in Dallas. Two historic military planes crashed during an air show Saturday at Dallas Executive Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is handling the investigation, said Sunday there were five crew members aboard the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and one aboard the Bell P-63 Kingcobra. The Houston-based aircraft did not offer rides to paying customers at the time.

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As authorities investigate the accident, many people have taken to social media to share their grief, condolences and kind words about the victims. Four of the six victims have been identified so far. Here’s what we know about them:

Terry Barker

According to Keller Mayor Armin Mizani, Terry Barker was an army veteran and former city councilman, in addition to being a husband and father.

The mayor shared the news of Barker’s passing on social media, saying he was “believed by many” and had a strong “love for the community”.

“Terry was a friend. He’s someone I sought advice for when I started out,” Mizani told WFAA. “…Always helping people. Husband, dad, Army veteran and retired pilot.”

City officials will guard the field of honor outside Keller City Hall for another week in honor of Barker.

Major Curtis Rowe

Major Curtis Rowe was the B-17’s mechanic and one of the crew on board the plane, according to WFAA’s Ohio-based sister station 10TV. The Ohio Wing of the Civil Air Patrol released a statement on social media about his passing.

Rowe served on the patrol for over 30 years. He then used his passion for aviation to volunteer as a B-17 aircrew with the Commemorative Air Force.

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“Curt touched the lives of thousands of his fellow Civil Air Patrol members, particularly when he piloted cadets on hundreds of orientation flights during his service,” the HQ said. wing in the press release. “Please take a moment to reflect on Major Curt Rowe’s service as we celebrate his life and contributions to his community, state and nation.”

Craig Hutain

Craig Hutain was a pilot who lived in Montgomery, Texas, just northwest of Conroe in the Houston area.

His friend, who is pictured above, told the WFAA they had been flying together for 25 years and Hutain ‘lit up every room he was in’. He described Hutain as “one of the best pilots I have ever flown with”.

Len root

Len Root was identified by friends and the American Airlines Pilots Union, Allied Pilots Associationas one of the victims of the accident.

Friends told the WFAA that the American Airlines captain was “a man who always stopped to listen and cared about what you had to say. He was a real technical guy.”

How you can help the accident investigation

According to the NTSB, none of the planes had a flight data recorder, also known as a “black box”. The NTSB said witness videos and photos will be crucial to the investigation.

Anyone with footage of the crash is encouraged to send it to [email protected]

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