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Don’t Fence Me In

Eight people on a B-17 bomber escaped serious injury Thursday when the rare World War II vintage plane lost its brakes after landing at Burbank Airport and crashed into a fence and trash dumpster.

Authorities said the restored four-engine bomber called “Sentimental Journey” had landed safely at 12:37 p.m., but when the brakes failed pilot Dick Churchill was forced to turn sharply to the right.

The B-17, which had flown to Burbank from Mesa, Ariz., to be part of a weekend air show, struck the airport’s crash fence and a trash dumpster, which gashed the underside of the plane and jammed against its bomb bay doors.


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