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WWII-era Plane Crashes in Flames at Texas Hill Country Airport: Watch the Harrowing Video

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Saturday morning a historic Douglas DC-3 crashed during takeoff and caught fire at Burnet Municipal Airport with thirteen people aboard. Thankfully, everyone survived the crash of the World War II-era plane and escaped the wreckage. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office reported that one person was airlifted via helicopter to San Antonio Military Medical Center with “significant burn injuries.” Seven others were driven to Seton Highland Lakes with reportedly minor injuries.

Watch the video below. WARNING: contains graphic language.

Video: Facebook/Matt Gallagher

Reports indicate that the plane was the Bluebonnet Belle, part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. Saturday morning, July 21. The vintage, twin-engine aircraft was attempting to take off, headed for an airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it veered off the runway. Flames spread from the wreckage to the grass, but firefighters succeeded in putting out the blaze. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration are currently investigating the crash.