WWII-era Plane Crash Kills 2 Near Chino Airport, Investigation Ongoing

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Two individuals were killed in California when a World War II-era plane crashed shortly after departing from Chino Airport. One of the victims has been identified as Frank Wright, the Chief of Operations at the Yanks Air Museum. Although the crash’s cause remains under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, a witness suggested the plane took a sharp left turn, descended rapidly, and exploded on impact.


WWII-era Plane Crash in Chino, CA Leads to Two Fatalities

On Saturday, in Chino, California, a small WWII-era plane crash resulted in the tragic death of two people. The twin-engine Lockheed 12A had just departed from Chino Airport when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The victims’ identities were not immediately released, but sources familiar with the incident reported one of them as Frank Wright, the Chief of Operations at Yanks Air Museum. Wright had been part of a panel discussion at an event just before the crash.

There were no additional passengers onboard, and no injuries were reported on the ground. A witness at the scene, attending a Father’s Day event, was taking pictures and recording video when the plane crashed.

“The plane suddenly started to lean to the left very sharply and started descending,” the eyewitness shared. “It took a nosedive and the left wing hit first, causing an immediate explosion.”

With the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA set to investigate, the exact cause of the crash remains undetermined. An NTSB investigator is expected at the scene on Sunday to begin documentation and examination of the aircraft.

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