Crashed WWII plane was part of museum event

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The director of a museum says that a vintage World War II fighter plane that crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Fredericksburg, Texas, had performed during a flyover as part of a living history show for the museum.

Rorie Cartier, director of the National Museum of the Pacific War, tells The Associated Press in an email that the privately-owned P-51D Mustang fighter was returning to the Gillespie Country Airport in Fredericksburg when it crashed, killing the pilot and a passenger.

He says the names of those killed are being withheld pending notification of family.

Cartier added: “We express our deepest condolences to the families of both on board.”

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