The pilot of a WWII-era P-51 Mustang was killed today when the aircraft crashed in Maricopa, AZ today. There is no information available on what caused the crash, but photos from the scene show the aircraft totally destroyed. Reports say the aircraft burned after impacting the ground.
Plane that crashed is WW2 era P-51. pic.twitter.com/B6rINp1DFa
— Troy Hayden (@troyhaydenfox10) February 5, 2016
The pilot’s name is being withheld until next of kin can be notified. Inspection of crash site photos seems to indicate that the aircraft is one named “Big Beautiful Doll”, which is registered in Chandler, AZ as N551JP. This is the second incident involving a P-51 this week.
A separate P-51, also painted as “Big Beautiful Doll”, crashed at a UK airshow in 2011. That pilot was able to parachute to safety.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pilot.