2 killed in plane crash in Cummings, Kansas identified by authorities

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

Two people have been killed in a plane crash in Atchison County, Kansas.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said witnesses described seeing the plane doing stunt-like maneuvers before the crash.

Reports indicate the plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

An official cause of the crash has not been determined.

The victims have been identified as 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch of Buff Ridge, IL and 34-year-old Bethany Root, 34, of Atchison, Kansas.

The official said he thought it was meant to be a short, local flight and the plane crashed within 10 to 15 minutes of take off.

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 plane that crashed was believed to be a P-51 Mustang - named the "Baby-Duck" - that flew along the Missouri River in the air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival Saturday evening, authorities said. "I can't speculate. It appears the plane was flying northwest when it crashed".

Lenoch is listed as one of the two aerobatic pilots at Saturday's air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival.

"It's a disgusting, terrible loss", Pregont said.

Root was a former special education teacher from Indianapolis, Indiana who caught a love of flying in her 30s.

The Highway Patrol has confirmed that she is the manager of the Amelia Earhart airport in Atchison.

No residents in the area of the crash were injured, Laurie said. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive on the scene this morning.

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