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Old 19th Nov 2018, 12:21
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P51 Mustang Crash - NL4132L 'Pecos Bill'

2 dead in vintage World War II fighter crash after flyover

November 18, 2018

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) — A privately-owned vintage World War II Mustang fighter airplane that had participated in a flyover for a museum event crashed into the parking lot of a Texas apartment complex Saturday, killing the pilot and a passenger, authorities said.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed the two people on board had died in the crash in Fredericksburg, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of San Antonio, but he did not identify them.

The aircraft was destroyed and several vehicles in the parking lot damaged, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. Photos from the crash site showed pieces of the plane on top of parked vehicles. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths on the ground.

The P-51D Mustang fighter was returning after performing a flyover during a living history show at the National Museum of the Pacific War (www.pacificwarmuseum.org), museum director Rorie Cartier told The Associated Press in an e-mail. Fredericksburg is home to the museum. The museum said on Twitter that one of those in the plane was a military veteran.

“We are extremely saddened by the unfortunate accident this afternoon that claimed the lives of two wonderful people. We express our deepest condolences to the families of both on board,” Cartier said.

The Mustang was first built by North American Aviation in 1940 and was used by the U.S. military in World War II and the Korean War.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they would investigate
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I saw that airplane at the last EAA. It was gorgeous! Condolences to friends and family.
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Ah! As if making inappropriate and mawkish "condolences" posts to people you've never met wasn't bad enough. Such a shame their gorgeous aeroplane was lost...
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