FREDERICKSBURG, Texas – A privately owned WWII Mustang fighter aircraft that took part in a museum event survived in Texas's parking lot at a complex of apartment houses, killing the pilot and the passenger. One of the victims was a veteran, the Pacific War Museum told CBS Austin's affiliate KEYE.
Texas Public Security Department Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed that two people died on board in Fredericksburg, 70 miles north of San Antonio, but did not identify them.
The aircraft was destroyed and several cars were damaged in the parking lot, a spokesman for Lynn Lunsford's Federal Aviation Authority said. Pictures of the accident scene showed the pieces of aircraft on top of parked vehicles. There were no immediate reports of injuries and deaths at the site.
The P-51D Mustang Warrior returns from the top when he showed a historic show in the National Museum of the Pacific War, its museum director, Rorie Cartier, told The Associated Press on an e-mail. Fredericksburg is the home of the museum.
"We are very sorry for the unfortunate accident this afternoon, which caused the lives of two wonderful people, and our deepest condolences are expressed in front of all the families on board," Cartier said.
The Mustang was first built in 1940 by North American Flight, and the US Army used it in World War II and the Korean War.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they were being investigated.
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