Homebuilt "P-51 Mustang" Crash Results in Fatality

Amateur-built airplane crashes shortly after takeoff.

An amateur built Loehle 5151 Mustang, designed as a miniature version of the highly popular North American P-51, crashed in Chehalis, Washington, on Tuesday. The pilot, who was the only occupant of the single-seat airplane, died in the crash. The airplane had just departed from the Chehalis-Centralia airport and crashed in a parking lot.

Chehalis' police chief Glenn Schaffer told the Associated Press that the airplane hit two vehicles on the ground and "pretty much disintegrated" on impact. While the vehicles caught fire, nobody on the ground was hurt.

The 5151 Mustang is constructed mostly of wood and is powered by a 65 horsepower Rotax 582 engine.

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