Victims identified from airplane crash

Authorities say a World War II-era plane has crashed near Papago and Ralston Road.

- MARICOPA, Ariz. (KSAZ/AP) -- Pinal County deputies have released the name of one of the victims killed after a World War II-era plane has crashed near Papago and Ralston Road.

Mark Clark of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said authorities responded to the scene of the crash and found two bodies in the wreckage.  On Saturday, Clark released the two victims: 61-year-old Chandler resident Jeffrey Pino, and 72-year-old Nickolas Tramontano of Brookfield, Connecticut.

Clark described the plane as a one-seater vintage aircraft. 

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.

This is a developing story. Stay with Fox 10 News for updates.

Deputies are on the scene of a plane crash south of Maricopa, near Papago and Ralston Road. The plane is a small private aircraft.

Posted by Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Friday, February 5, 2016


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