Dallas air show crash victim identified as former Keller councilman and U.S. Army veteran

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Dallas air show crash victim identified as former Keller councilman and U.S. Army veteran
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Keller, Texas, Mayor Armin Mizani on Saturday identified one of six people who died in a collision between two historic World War II military aircraft as Terry Barker, a U.S. Army veteran and former Keller city councilman.

“Terry Barker was loved by many. He was a friend and someone whose advice I often sought,” Mizani wrote in a tribute to Barker on Sunday. “Even after retiring from city council and flying for American Airlines, his love for the community was undeniable.”

A B-17 Flying Fortress bomber and a P-63 Kingcobra fighter jet collided on Saturday afternoon in Dallas during a Wings Over Dallas air show, which bills itself as ‘the premier American air show of World War II. world”.

Terry Barker, U.S. Army veteran and former Keller City Councilman, died in a collision between two historic military aircraft Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.
(Mayor of Keller Armin Mizani)

Terry Barker Was A Member Of The Allied Pilots Association.

Terry Barker was a member of the Allied Pilots Association.
(Mayor of Keller Armin Mizani)

The show was scheduled for Nov. 11-13 over Veterans Day weekend and featured more than 40 World War II aircraft.

“Yesterday [Barker] was flying to honor the greatest generation,” Mayor Mizani said Sunday. “Today, the field of honor in front of Keller Town Hall will stand for another week in his honor.”

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Keller is a suburb of Fort Worth, located about 30 miles northwest of the site of Saturday’s crash.

The Wreckage Of Two Planes That Crashed During An Air Show At Dallas Executive Airport Lies On The Ground Saturday, November 12, 2022.

The wreckage of two planes that crashed during an air show at Dallas Executive Airport lies on the ground Saturday, November 12, 2022.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

A Historic Military Aircraft Crashes After Colliding With Another Aircraft During An Air Show At Dallas Executive Airport In Dallas, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

A historic military aircraft crashes after colliding with another aircraft during an air show at Dallas Executive Airport in Dallas, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.
(Nathaniel Ross Photography via AP)

The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, said Barker and another pilot who died in the crash, Len Root, were members of their union.

Video of the collision showed the P-63 fighter jet appearing to crash into the B-17 bomber, knocking both planes to the ground and triggering a large explosion.

Terry Barker Died When Two World War Ii Military Planes Collided Over Dallas, Texas On Saturday, November 12, 2022.

Terry Barker died when two World War II military planes collided over Dallas, Texas on Saturday, November 12, 2022.
(Mayor of Keller Armin Mizani)

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said authorities were still working Sunday to identify the deceased and notify next of kin. No one on the ground was injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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