Two killed in crash of World War II-era plane at Durango airport

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A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said two people were killed when an American P51-D Mustang, such as the one pictured above, crashed on takeoff at Durango-La Plata County Airport on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

DURANGO, Colo. — Two people were killed in a crash of a World War II-era bird airplane at Durango-La Plata County Airport on Friday morning, officials with the Durango Fire Protection District and the National Transportation Safety Board said.

An NTSB spokesman said the crash happened at 9:29 a.m. as the American P51-D Mustang impacted terrain while taking off.

“At this time it has been reported that there were two individuals on board the aircraft and there are no survivors,” according to a news release from the Durango Fire Protection District. “No information as to the identity of the victims is being released at this time.”

According to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, County Road 309A just north of the airport is estimated to re-open 6 p.m. Saturday.

Airport Director Kip Turner said the airport will remain open and no closures are expected because of the crash.

The NTSB was en route to the crash in southwest Colorado but was not expected until later Friday.

The Durango Herald in April did a story of a Durango man who owns a P51-D plane, saying only 123 remain in existence in the U.S.

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