P-51 Mustang (U.S. Air Force photo/file)
GALVESTON (October 23, 2013) Two people were killed Wednesday when their World War II-era plane went down in shallow water near Galveston, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said the captain of a charter boat notified authorities after seeing the vintage P-51 Mustang crash at around 11:40 a.m. in an area between Chocolate Bay and Galveston Bay.
The plane went down in water that’s about four feet deep, he said.
Emergency crews retrieved the bodies.
State officials later identified the pilot as Keith Hibbett of Denton and the passenger as John Stephen Busby, a tourist from the United Kingdom.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane was operated by the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston.
He says the pilot was not in contact with air-traffic controllers when the plane crashed.
Investigators with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were on the way to the scene.