Kate Craddock Field


Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.


Pilot makes emergency helo landing

From Staff Reports

The pilot of a private helicopter made an emergency landing with no loss of life not far from Kate Craddock Field in Burnet Saturday, Sept. 2.

The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. when the aircraft, a Hughes 369 A, lost power, according to reports attributed to the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA).

The helicopter came to rest on its side by US 281 about 200 feet south of the entrance to Delaware Springs. Two occupants went by ambulance to the hospital with injuries described as “non-life threatening,” one with a possible broken ankle. Two others, including the pilot were uninjured, said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“The Department of Public Safety works all airplane and helicopter crashes, even within the city, but we were assisting on the scene,” said Nelson.

The Burnet Fire Department covered the copter with fire-retardant foam.

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