Fatal plane crash reported north of Kansas City

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Two people are dead after a Sunday morning plane crash in Atchison County.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at 10:18 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Atchison County Sheriff's Office. The single propeller of the plane and wreckage of the crash were strewn across a small hill.

The Atchison County Sheriff's Office says they believe the plane that crashed was a P-51 Mustang named "Baby Duck". The passenger was 34-year-old Bethany Root, 34 of Atchison. The passenger was identified as 34-year-old Bethany Root, of Atchison.

She recently added the job of fixed-based operator of the Amelia Earhart Airport just outside of Atchison, Kansas, a river town of 11,000 people.

Ironically, when the aircraft was being transported away from the scene on a trailer following the crash on a flatbed trailer its right wingtip struck the post of a road sign causing further damage.

Lenoch had performed in the festival the day before in his vintage aircraft.

Root was the manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport.

"It was a high-speed plane crash", said Lt. Bryce Whelpley with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "I can't speculate. It appears the plane was flying northwest when it crashed".

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

The Federal Aviation Administration is heading to the crash site to conduct an investigation. He was was married and had three children, according to his profile on the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation website.

Root also worked as a crop duster, only one of three women in the trade in the United States.

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

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