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    P-51D Crash, Kansas

    Just seen this sad news over on WIX.

    Unfortunately, the pilot, Vlado Lenoch (former owner of P-51D 'Moonbeam McSwine' - now owned by Fred Akary in France) and his passenger, Bethany Root, were both killed.

    It would appear that the aircraft involved was 'Baby Duck'.

    http://warbirdheritagefoundation.org...51_1_Hist.html

    Cheers

    Paul
    Last edited by Bradburger; 16th July 2017 at 22:54.
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    R.I.P Vlado & Bethany

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    Sad News Indeed , prayers for both families & his many friends ! BlueNoser352
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    Very sad. Interesting that in the video, the police give details straight away.
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    Very sad news - experienced pilot too with c. 17,000 flying hours.

    Not wishing to speculate, but is it odd that there was no fire? Although I suppose 'Big Beautiful Doll' crashed at Duxford without fire.
    Also the propellor looks incredibly intact and surely wasn't turning at point of impact?
    Last edited by NickB; 17th July 2017 at 09:21.
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    Unreal that this happened :'(

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    Very sad news - Vlado was a well-liked and very respected member of the WIX forum (as well as the larger US scene), and Bethany was an ag-pilot of some repute. All-round a horrible accident.
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    Hi All,
    Thoughts are with both families of Vlado and Bethany RIP Both..

    Geoff.

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