Pilot’s death a ‘tragedy’

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News of a 51-year-old Denton County pilot’s death saddened the aviation community.

Keith Hibbett of Shady Shores and his 66-year-old passenger John Stephen Busby, were killed in a plane crash while flying a World War II-era P-51 Mustang known as the “Galveston Gal” Wednesday morning. The two crashed into 4 feet of water between Chocolate Bay and Galveston Bay, according to reports from The Associated Press.

Denton Enterprise Airport Manager Quentin Hix said that while he didn’t know Hibbett personally, he was saddened to read the news Thursday morning about his death.

Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the agency is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the accident. All information, he said, would be collected and shared by FAA officials, with a preliminary report expected by early next week.

David Shulman said Thursday he was familiar with Hibbett and the news of a fellow pilot’s death was “a tragedy.” Shulman, a 12-year pilot at the Denton airport, said Hibbett was active with the Commemorative Air Force and was at the recent Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.

— Megan Gray

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