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Denton Pilot, Passenger Killed In Wreck Of WWII-Era Plane Near Galveston

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GALVESTON (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says two people have been killed when their World War II-era plane went down in shallow water near Galveston.

Petty Officer Steve Lehmann says the captain of a charter boat notified authorities after seeing the vintage P-51 Mustang crash in an area between Chocolate Bay and Galveston Bay. He says the plane went down about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday in water some four feet deep.

State officials 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 it crashed.

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