The 'Liberty-Belle' a restored WWII B17 bomber was on its way to the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield, when it had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield outside of Aurora, Ill. due to an in-flight fire on Monday morning,the 13th June 2011.
The fuselage and cockpit were heavily damaged by the spreading fire after the landing, but the seven crew members and volunteers on board walked away without serious injury.
1 Greg Bishop
(19. 6. 2011, 15:37 CET)
Great posting, especially the photos. I'm sure you would choose to have the accurate informtion posted about Liberty Belle. She did not crash. The crew landed her wheels-down in a farmer's field, a fire confined to her #2 engine. Activating the onboard fire suppression system, the crew and passengers had time to abandon her, even taking their belongings. Larger fire apparatus could not reach her. The engine fire progressed rapidly, until only the tail section, 4 engines (partly burned), and a small part of the wing and nose section remained. Greg Bishop, retired Fire Captain, volunteer flight crew (for another WWII bomber tour).