Two killed in Atchison County plane crash

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Photo courtesy of MSC news in Atchison and Atchison County Sheriff’s Office

ATCHISON – Authorities are investigating the crash of a P-51 Mustang that killed two people.

Authorities say the plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. Sunday about 60 miles northwest of Kansas City in Atchison County, Kansas.

The pilot and a passenger both died in the crash. The victims have been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as Bethany Root, 34, of Atchison, who was the General Manager of the Atchison Airport and Vlado Lenoch, 64, of Burr Ridge Illinois, who piloted one of the planes in the Amelia Earhart festival Saturday.

Lt. Bryce Whelply of the Kansas High Patrol says the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on their way to the site Sunday.

The World War II era plane may have flown in the Amelia Earhart Festival on Saturday, one day before the crash. The plane crashed about nine miles away from the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison.

(this report is a combination of Associated Press and information from KHP crash log)

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