NTSB Releases Documents Behind Texas Warbirds Collision


The NTSB has released 1,900 pages of documents that form the backbone of its investigation into the midair collision between a Bell P-63 Kingcobra single-engine fighter and a Boeing B-17 bomber at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow on Nov. 12, 2022. Five people died on the bomber and the pilot of the P-63 was killed when the two aircraft came together just outside the airport perimeter fence on their way to a showline pass. Both planes were owned by the Commemorative Air Force.

The docket of documents contains the investigative record of the probe and includes information about the aircraft, crew and airshow staff and procedures. “The docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators; it does not provide the final report or a probable cause,” the NTSB cautioned. “No conclusions about how or why the crash happened should be drawn from the information within the docket. The NTSB will issue a final report at a later date that will include analysis, findings, recommendations, and probable cause determinations related to the accident.”

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. Tragic event. We need to get the facts right, just like a Chardonnay and a Chablis bare a strong family resemblance.
    Someone may copy the error and there you go…….
    Its a Kingcobra…….

    • So long as we’re being pedantic, it’s “bear”, not “bare”.

      As Mark Twain (paraphrasing Josh Billings) would put it, “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

    • Objectively, Chablis is 100 percent Chardonnay, just aged differently to give it a different flavor profile. A King Cobra is not an Airacobra and I apologize for violation of the most important commandment of aviation journalism: Thou shalt not misidentify an airplane.

  2. There should be no shame in typos. They are all but never noticed until the document is sent or published.