World War II-Era Plane Kills Two

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2014 | Airplane Crashes

It is fairly common to have a fear of planes and flying; commercial planes are so large, you never know when one might fall out of the sky. It is a real possibility, though, that passengers may get injured in a plane crash unexpectedly.

In late October of 2013, two people on board a World-War II-era P-51 Mustang airplane were killed when the plane, owned by a Texas museum, crashed in shallow water near Galveston, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The captain of the charter boat saw the vintage plane crash and notified authorities, said Petty Officer Steve Lehmann. The plane crashed in about four feet of water between Galveston Bay and Chocolate Bay. After searching Chocolate Bay for about an hour, the bodies were recovered by emergency crews called to the accident scene.

The plane, nicknamed the “Galveston Gal,” was built in 1944 and served in the El Salvador Air Force in the 1960s, when it was converted to its current state with two-seats and dual controls.

At the time of the plane crash, the pilot was not in contact with air-traffic controllers, said Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. He said it was operated by the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigated the cause of the crash.

The chances of dying in a plane crash are only 1 in 11 million, and 95.7 percent of people involved in plane crashes survive. If you are one of that 95.7 percent and you have been injured in a plane crash, contact an accident attorney for legal assistance. Attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm, conveniently located in New Braunfels, Tex., can assist you with your legal suits against the airline that caused your injuries in court today.