2 passengers dead after vintage WWII plane crashes near Texas apartments

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Monday, November 19, 2018
2 dead after vintage WWII plane crashes near Texas apartments
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Authorities have confirmed two people are dead after a plane crashed into an apartment complex parking lot.

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas -- A vintage World War II fighter plane has crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex killing the two people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was destroyed and several automobiles damaged.

Texas Department of Public Transportation Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed the two deaths.

The World War II P-51D Mustang fighter crashed at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Fredericksburg is home to the National Museum of the Pacific War. The museum said on Twitter that one of those in the plane who was killed was a veteran. It is not clear if those killed or the plane were associated with the museum, which has a collection of World War II equipment and memorabilia.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA said they would investigate at the site, which is about 70 miles north of San Antonio.