WWII-Era Plane Crashes off Fla. Panhandle; 2 Dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A neurosurgeon and one other person were killed when the World War II-era plane they were in crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle.

Walton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Gurspan confirmed Sunday that Dr. Herman Evan Zeiger, of the Birmingham, Ala., area, was piloting the plane when it went down a day earlier.

Zeiger was flying the vintage T-6 Texan in formation with several similar aircraft, but Gurspan says it's unclear if they were doing acrobatics or participating in any organized show.

The body of a female passenger has been transported to the medical examiner, but she has not yet been identified.

Divers are still trying to remove the wreckage of the plane from waters about 45 feet deep.

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