“Baby Duck” lost today, July 16, 2017.
“(KAIR)–The plane that crashed Sunday morning is believed to have been the same one flown in Saturday night’s aerobatics show that accompanied Atchison’s Amelia Earhart festival.
Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie says the plane, believed to be the 1944 Roth American P-51D Mustang used in the show, was piloted by 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch. The Bluff Ridge, Illinois pilot, who helmed the plane during the air show, was killed in the wreck.
Also killed was his passenger, 34-year-old Bethany Root, of Atchison. She served as the General Manager at Atchison’s Amelia Earhart Airport.
Laurie says the plane, named “Baby Duck,” took off from airport around 10:00 Sunday morning and crashed around 10:15 in the area of 234th and Ness Road, near Cummings.
The cause of the crash is not immediately known.
The FAA will conduct the investigation.
The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, Atchison County EMS and the Atchison County Rescue Unit all assisted at the scene of the fatal crash.”