Vintage World War II plane crashes into an apartment parking lot killing 2 in Fredericksburg

The pilot killed when his vintage World War II fighter plane crashed in Fredericksburg Saturday has been identified as Cowden Ward Jr. of Burnet, according to a Facebook post.

The post noted that the passenger was a World War II veteran and former B-17 pilot.

“We hope that everyone will remember his infectious smile, his passion for flying our nation’s veterans, and above all remember him for the amazing pilot, friend and caring person he was,” the statement read.

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The crash of a vintage World War II fighter plane into a parking lot of a Fredericksburg apartment complex has killed two people, according to authorities.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of the modified Mustang P-51D, according to officials. Texas Department of Public Transportation Sgt. Orlando Moreno confirmed the two deaths.

The Mustang crashed into the parking lot about 3:15 p.m., according to an NTSB spokesman. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a release that the aircraft was destroyed in the crash and several cars were damaged.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, the National Museum of the Pacific War, which is in Fredericksburg, said one of the two killed in the crash was a veteran.

The museum initially reported both people killed were veterans.

The crash occurs roughly two weeks after a helicopter crashed into a hill while taking a newlywed couple from a Uvalde wedding to their honeymoon, according to a preliminary NTSB report. The groom and bride, William Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler, both 24, and the pilot, 76-year-old Gerald Lawrence, were killed.