Fatal plane crash reported north of Kansas City

Illinois pilot killed in Kansas plane crash

2 killed in Atchison County plane crash

A 64-year-old pilot from suburban Chicago was killed early Sunday shortly after taking off from a Kansas airport, according to the Atchison County Sheriff's Office.

FOX 4's Molly Balkenbush spoke to a woman who worked with Bethany Root at the Amelia Earhart airport, where Root was the general manager. The single propeller of the plane and wreckage of the crash were strewn across a small hill.

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

Authorities identified the victims of Sunday's crash as 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and 34-year-old Bethany Root, of Atchison.

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. "I can't speculate. It appears the plane was flying northwest when it crashed".

The plane is believed to be a P-51 Mustang that flew along the Missouri River in the air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival Saturday night. According to the Warbird Heritage Foundation Database, it flew during WWII and has been used as a stunt plane since 2012.

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

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

The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the crash site to investigate. She worked for the airport's management company, McElwain Sprayers of Wathena, Kan.

No residents in the area of the crash were injured, Laurie said.

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