2 killed in Atchison County plane crash

Joan Terry
July 18, 2017

The plane that crashed was believed to be a P-51 Mustang - named the "Baby-Duck" - that flew along the Missouri River in the air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival Saturday evening, authorities said. His passenger, 34-year-old Bethany Root, also had close ties to the Kansas aviation community.

The crash occurred 15 minutes after Lenoch and Root departed Amelia Earhart Airport. After college, he worked at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Seattle as a 747 instructor. His most recent role was as a corporate pilot flying the Cessna Citation. He was married with three children, the online bio said.

A lifelong aviator, Lenoch was the consummate pilot, instructor and airshow performer.

They said she died doing what she loved most.

Root was the manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport.

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This was the third accident involving a P-51 in July 2017. The canopy disintegrated and pilot Dan Friedkin recovered the aircraft without further incident. Friedkin's P-51 was famous for chasing a German Bf-109G around the Eiffel Tower in Paris during WWII before shooting it down.

Lenoch flying in formation with an F-35 and an F-22.

A National Transportation Safety Board official said a witness described the plane flying 25 to 30 feet above power lines shortly before the crash. The aircraft sustained substantial damage but the pilot was uninjured.

Lt. Bryce Whelply of the Kansas High Patrol says the cause of the crash wasn't clear.

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