UPDATED: Two Killed in P-51D Mustang Crash
Update - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says two people died when the F-51D Mustang they were flying in crashed and burst into flames on Friday.
Originally, officials believed only one person was killed in the crash south of Maricopa, Arizona.
Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Clark released a statement Friday evening. "Although the plane was listed as a single-seat aircraft, when the wreckage was recovered, a second victim was found," Clark said in a release."There are now two deceased persons in this crash."
Officials are not commenting on the identities of either person.
As we reported earlier, sources told All Things Aero, ex Sikorsky President Jeff Pino was aboard his prized F-51D Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll when it crashed.
The identity of the second person is unknown at this time.
5 Feb 2016
Multiple sources confirm the F-51D Mustang, Big Beautiful Doll was the aircraft involved in Friday's horrific accident south of Phoenix, Arizona.
According to multiple witnesses the vintage fighter plunged straight into the ground exploding into flames.
Sources also report the pilot was owner Jeffery Pino, 61, who walked away in 2014 from a belly landing dramatically captured on video by a TV helicopter crew. (Video Below) Pino was the former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the United States.
Big Beautiful Doll was a 1944 P-51D model that was re-designated in 1948 as the F-51D.
Horsemen P-51 Flight Team pilot Ed Shipley once owned Big Beautiful Doll back in the '90's and provided the photo above and one below as he flew with the F-16 as a Heritage Flight.
The NTSB is onsite investigating the cause of the accident.
5 Feb 2016
MARICOPA, Ariz. (KSAZ) Authorities say a World War II-era plane has crashed near Papago and Ralston Road.
Mark Clark of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said authorities were heading to the scene of the crash Friday to investigate. He described it as a small plane but didn't have further information on the occupants or whether there were survivors or injuries.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said preliminary information on the crash indicated the plane was a P-51D Mustang, a type of single-engine American fighter used during World War II.
Gregor said the preliminary information indicated the plane caught fire after crashing.
The spokesman said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
Maricopa is about 35 miles south of Phoenix. KSAZ Will Have Live Updates.