TRAGEDY: Deadly Father’s Day Plane Crash

( – A holiday celebration turned into tragedy, as two pilots died when their World War II-era plane crashed at a California airport during a Father’s Day event.

The Yanks Air Museum’s chief of operations, 67-year-old Frank Wright, was flying a twin-engine Lockheed 12A plane with his co-pilot when it fell from the sky and burst into flames at Chino Airport.

A person who witnessed the accident said, “Took a nose dive, and the first part of the plane that hit was the left wing, and that’s where the fuel was, I guess, and what happened was immediate explosion.”

The Chino Valley Fire District confirmed the deaths of Wright and his co-pilot, who was not immediately identified.

Moreover, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board said they are investigating the crash.

Yanks Air Museum officials said they were cooperating with the authorities on the case and added that their facilities would remain closed.

“Yanks Air Museum will be closed until further notice as our family deals with this tragedy, and we appreciate your patience and respect for our privacy as we navigate through this difficult time,” officials stated.

Wright was also a member of the Yanks Air Museum’s flight team. Fellow pilots mourned his loss in tribute posts on social media.

Gary Stark wrote on Facebook, “I only [k]new Frank Wright for the last 10 years but he always had time to sit down and talk planes and flying with me and if I ever had a mechanical question on how to solve a DC-3 issue he would always help.”

“He will be missed tremendously in the warbirds community,” he added.

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