Photos: Crews recover wreckage of historic P51 WWII plane

Photos: Crews recover wreckage of historic P51 WWII plane

Search crews worked Tuesday to recover the wreckage from an historic P-51 Plane that crashed last week near the Chocolate Bay.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on October 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:43 PM

HOUSTON -- Search crews worked Tuesday to recover the wreckage from an historic P-51 Plane that crashed last week near the Chocolate Bay.

Two people died when the World War II era aircraft plunged into the water.

The passenger was 66-year-old John Stephen Busby, a United Kingdom resident who was visiting Texas with his wife to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary. He had paid nearly $2,000 to ride on the plane. The pilot was 51-year-old Keith Hibbett, of Denton. Coast Guard crews recovered the victims’ bodies from Halls Lake near Chocolate Bay last Wednesday afternoon.

The P51 Mustang, a World War II era fighter, took off from Scholes International Airport shortly before crashing.

Witnesses on a charter boat reported seeing the plane go down around 11:40 a.m. on Oct. 23 near Galveston’s West End in Brazoria County.

The FAA was investigating the cause of the crash.

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