Texas flight museum: Fatal crash won't impact move

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Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 7:32 AM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The director of the Lone Star Flight Museum says the fatal crash of a vintage World War II fighter plane in October is unrelated to delays on a new $7.5 million home.

The nonprofit museum previously announced it would move from Galveston to Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/InH6ie ) that construction on a new museum at Ellington Airport was originally scheduled to begin this year.

Executive director Larry Gregory declined to discuss why the project is now delayed until fall 2014. But he said it's unrelated to the recent crash of a P-51D Mustang known as "Galveston Gal."

The pilot and passenger aboard the plane died. The crash remains under investigation.

The museum decided to move after absorbing about $18 million in damages from Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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