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By Associated Press
FREDERICKSBURG, Texas ̵
1; A privately owned vintage WWII Mustang fighter aircraft that had participated in a flight of a museum event crashed into the parking lot a lot of a apartment hotel in Texas on Saturday, the pilot and a passenger killed, the authorities said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed that the two on board had died in the crash in Fredericksburg, about 70 miles north of San Antonio, but he did not identify them.
The plane was destroyed and several vehicles in the parking lot were injured, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. Pictures from the crash site showed pieces of the plane on top of parked vehicles. There were no immediate reports of injury or death on the ground.
The P-51D Mustang fighter returned after performing a flight under a live story at the National War Museum, told mr. Rorie Cartier The Associated Press in an email. Fredericksburg is home to the museum. The museum said on Twitter that one of them in the plane was a military veteran.
“We are very sorry for the unfortunate accident this afternoon that claimed the lives of two wonderful people. We express our deepest sympathy for both families on board,” Cartier says.
The Mustang was first built by North American Air in 1940 and was used by the United States military during World War II and the Korean War.
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA said they should investigate.