MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP/WTNH) — Authorities have identified the pilot of a World War II-era plane that crashed and burned near the town of Maricopa, leaving two dead.
Mark Clark of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot was 61-year-old Jeffrey Pino of Chandler. Authorities haven’t identified the second victim in the Friday crash. Pino was the President of Sikorsky Aircraft from 2006 to 2012.
After leaving Sikorsky, Pino became CEO of Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing. Pino then moved to Colorado-based XTI Aircraft, where he was vice chairman. XTI confirmed his death on its website.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said preliminary information on the crash indicated the plane was a P-51D Mustang, a type of single-engine American fighter used during World War II.
The spokesman said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
News 8 has reached out to Sikorsky for a statement, but has not heard back.
Maricopa is about 35 miles south of Phoenix.