2 Veterans Dead After Plane Crashes in Texas, Officials Say

A P-51 Mustang sits on the airfield June 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Todd Cromar/U.S. Air Force)
A P-51 Mustang sits on the airfield June 24, 2018, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Todd Cromar/U.S. Air Force)

Two veterans who were flying in a vintage World War II fighter plane on Saturday afternoon are dead after the aircraft crashed into the parking lot of a Fredericksburg, Texas apartment complex, officials said.

Gillespie County sheriff's officials said they were called to the crash at 3:15 p.m., which occurred at the Friendship Place Apartments on the 700 block of South Creek Street.

Two people were reported to be on board the aircraft, Federal Aviation Administration officials said. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said both died in the crash.

The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg said on a tweet Saturday that the two victims were veterans.

"We are saddened by the unfortunate accident that happened this afternoon that claimed the lives of two veterans," the museum said.

Justin McDonald, who owns the company that manages Friendship Place Apartments, said no residents were injured in the crash. It was not clear immediately whether anyone else was injured.

The FAA said the WWII vintage P-51D Mustang fighter was destroyed and several automobiles at the apartment complex were damaged.

Sharon Klein, a Fredericksburg resident who lives behind the apartment complex where the crash happens, said she heard a loud noise over her house and heard a plane sputtering. She ran outside, heard a loud explosion and yelled at a neighbor to call 911, she said.

The Pacific War museum, which is about a mile away from where the crash happened, says on its website it was hosting its November WWII Pacific Combat Program this weekend, which included battlefield reenactments showcasing the equipment and weapons used in the war. It was unclear Saturday evening whether the crash was related to the show.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation into the crash.

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