Atchison County Plane Crash Killed Veteran Pilot and Airport Manager

A World War II P-51 Mustang crashed in Atchison County on Sunday. Two people have died in the plane crash which happened one day after the Amelia Earhart Festival.

64 year old pilot Vlado Lenoch, of Burr Ridge, ILL., and 34 year old Beathany Root, manager of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison were killed in the plane crash, according to officials.

The plane crash occurred nearly two and a half mile northeast of Cummings, Kansas, at around 10:30 am. The scene of the crash is nearly nine miles from the airport in Atchison.

The cause of the crash is still not known, according to Lt. Bryce Whelpley of the Kansas High Patrol.

Whelpley added that it is only by Monday morning that the investigators from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will arrive at the scene of plane crash.

The wreckage of the crash and the single propeller of the P-51 Mustang were spread across the small hill.

The investigation will be lead by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the investigation will be carried out by FAA, said an agency spokesman.

The vintage P-51 aircraft and Lenoch had performed at the annual festival a day before, celebrating in memory of the famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

Lenoch was married and had three children, and had performed for Dave Darcy Airshows based in Chicago, as per his profile given on the website of Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation.

He is an engineering degree holder from Purdue and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and started learning flying at the age of 17.

Lenoch had a total of 9,000 flying hours under his belt and was having multiple authorizations on different aircraft. He also built his own aircraft, a Pitts S-IT, stated his bio.

The passenger killed in the plane crash Beathany Root fell in love with flying at the age of 31 three years ago. She started working at the management company of the airport at McElwain Sprayers of Wathena, Kansas.

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According to the feature, Root ran a custom motorcycle shop and had been a special education teacher and had started learning to fly and work at the McElwain crop dusters in Missouri and Kansas.

Jacque Pregont, who coordinated the Emalia Earhart Festival sad about the plane crash that it is a horrible, horrible loss. Adding that Rooth was extremely passionate about flying and the festival was excited to have Lenoch at the airshow.


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