IL pilot killed in Kansas plane crash

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Two people are dead after a Sunday morning plane crash in Atchison County.

In a recent interview with the Tribune Chronicle, Root said she followed a love of flying to the St. Joseph, Mo., area three years ago and worked for the airport's management company.

The single propeller of the plane and wreckage of the crash were strewn across a small hill, reports state.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Authorities identified the victims of Sunday's crash as 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and 34-year-old Bethany Root, of Atchison.

The annual festival, held in Atchison, celebrates the famed pilot Earhart, who was born in Atchison, and is the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Root was the manager of Atchison's Amelia Earhart Airport.

An Atchison County Sheriff's Department official said it appears the crash happened at a high rate of speed.

The Atchison County Sheriff's Office says they believe the plane that crashed was a P-51 Mustang named "Baby Duck".

The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation listed Lenoch as a seasoned pilot who learned to fly at the age of 17.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive on the scene Monday morning, Whelpley said. She worked at Amelia Earhart Airport as a fixed-base operator who organized training sessions for aspiring pilots.

Festival coordinator Jacque Pregont described the deaths as "a awful, disgusting loss". No residents were injured.

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