Two bodies have now been discovered in the wreckage of a World War II-era plane that crashed and burned near Maricopa. Spokesman Mark Clark with the Pinal county Sheriff’s Office says the plane went down near Papago and Ralston roads about 40 miles south of Phoenix and burst into flames upon impact.
Clark says the pilot has been identified as Jeffrey Pino, a 61-year-old Chandler resident. The second victim has been identified as 72-year-old Nicholas Tramontano of Brookfield, CT. NTSB crews discovered Tramontano in the wreckage while clearing the rubble from the accident site. The single seater aircraft had been modified with a second seat and Nicholas was seating in the modified second seat when the plane crashed.
According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, the plane was a P-51D Mustang, a type of single-engine American fighter used during World War II. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.