Crash of World War II era plane kills 2 people in Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the crash of a P-51 Mustang that killed two people.

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

According to the Atchison County Sheriff's Office, Vlado Lenoch, 64, was the pilot of the plane. Lenoch was of Buff Ridge, IL. The passenger was 34-year-old Bethany Root, 34 of Atchison.

Root was the manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport. Neighbors say Root wanted to expand the airport to develop a museum honoring its namesake.

The Highway Patrol has confirmed that she is the manager of the Amelia Earhart airport in Atchison.

The plane was part of events that happened Saturday in Atchison as part of The Amelia Earhart Festival, according to Highway Patrol.

The Atchison County Sheriff's Office says they believe the plane that crashed was a P-51 Mustang named "Baby Duck." According to the Warbird Heritage Foundation Database, it flew during WWII and has been used as a stunt plane since 2012.

It left the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison around 10 a.m. on Sunday. No residents were injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is en route to investigate the crash.

"It was a high-speed plane crash," said Lt. Bryce Whelpley with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "I'm not going to speculate. It was going northwest when it crashed. At the scene, there's a large impact on the ground from there. Moving toward the northeast, the debris field begins to spread out."