Two pilots killed in WWII plane crash during Father’s Day event

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Two pilots were killed when their World War II-era plane crashed at a California airport during a Father’s Day event.

Frank Wright, 67, chief of operations at the Yanks Air Museum, was flying the twin-engine Lockheed 12A plane with his co-pilot Saturday afternoon when it fell from the sky and burst into flames at Chino Airport, ABC 7 reported .

“I went nose down, and the first part of the plane that hit was the left wing, and that’s where the fuel was, I guess, and what happened was an explosion immediate,” a witness to the accident told the media.

A twin-engine World War II-era Lockheed 12A plane crashed Saturday during a Father’s Day event at Chino Airport in California. ABC7
Frank Wright, of the Yanks Air Museum, was one of two pilots killed in the crash. yanksair.org

The Chino Valley Fire District confirmed the deaths of Wright and his co-pilot, who were not immediately identified.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said they were investigating the crash.

Yanks Air Museum officials said they were cooperating with authorities on the matter and added that their facilities would remain closed.

“The Yanks Air Museum will be closed until further notice as our family deals with this tragedy, and we appreciate your patience and respect for our privacy as we navigate this difficult time,” officials said in a statement .

Wright, 67, was chief of operations at the museum. yanksair.org
The museum said it would remain closed as it works with federal investigators to investigate the cause of the accident. ABC7

Wright was a member of the Yanks Air Museum flight team, and other pilots mourned his loss in tribute posts on social media.

“I only [k]new Frank Wright in the last 10 years, but he always had time to sit down and talk planes and flying with me and if I ever had a mechanical question about how to solve a DC-3 problem, he would always help me,” Gary Stark wrote on Facebook.

“The Warbird community will miss him greatly,” Stark added.




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