KS: Amelia Earhart Airport Manager Dies in Plane Crash

Cesar Mills
July 18, 2017

One aircraft, the P-51B named "Berlin Express" with a Malcolm Hood canopy design adopted on early version P-51's for enhanced visibility prior to the bubble-canopy P-51D, suffered a canopy failure during a high-speed pass.

An investigator said that the operators weren't communicating with air traffic control, and weren't supposed to be, but there is no record of distress. We've learned the two people killed in the crash were the plane's only two occupants.

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. Root was the general manager at the airport, and had a passion for aviation, according to the local fox4 website.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at 10:18 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Atchison County Sheriff's Office.

This is the third accident involving a P-51 Mustang in July following two accidents at the Flying Legends Airshow in Duxford, England.

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

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Neighbors called 911 after it slammed into a field.

Festival coordinator Jacque Pregont described the deaths as "a frightful, disgusting loss".

"Very enthusiastic, very energetic". "Find something that you're really passionate about and do it, and that's what she was doing".

Many people were commenting on our FOX 4 Facebook page how heartbroken they were to hear this news and how they had just watched Lenoch's incredible performance at the festival.

Talented and widely admired airshow pilot Vlado Lenoch and airport manager Bethany Root died in the crash of a P-51D Mustang at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday Jul. 16, 2017, in Atchison County, Kansas after departing the Amelia Earhart Airport at approximately 10:00 AM.

"Baby-Duck" was a historic military aircraft built in 1944 and saw service during World War II.

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