A CRASH that killed one person and seriously injured two occurred after a student pilot increased the aircraft’s altitude too quickly during takeoff.
The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Viktoria Theresie Ljungman from Sweden.
Ljungman was a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor to the other two passengers in the aviation class.
The student pilot was identified as 18-year-old Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode of Hanover, Maryland.
He was transferred to VCU Hospital in Richmond with serious injuries.
The investigators could not identify the other 18-year-old student, who was also critically injured.
The Hampton University spokesman confirmed that both Oyebode and the unidentified 18-year-old student are students.
The incident happened after 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Oyebode was preparing to take off in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and attempted to pull the plane up at “too steep an angle,” according to Michelle Anaya, a state police spokeswoman.
This ultimately resulted in the plane stalling at 100 feet before it “dived” into a ditch, Anaya said.
After taking off from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia, the plane crashed into the barrier next to the runway.
Hampton University canceled classes on Friday and organized a prayer service for students and faculty.
The university, an HBCU, works in partnership with the Rick Aviation Flight School, which is based outside the airport.
Students of the Science Aviation Program benefit from the cooperation.
Ljungman was a graduate of Hampton University and played on the women’s tennis team.
“We really were each other’s families,” former Hampton University tennis player Charlie Hudson said Friday.
She continued, “I remember when I first met her that was all she ever wanted to do. She wanted to be a commercial pilot.”
Myana Mabry, Ljungman’s roommate at Hampton University, shared a tribute with WAVY.
“Viktoria didn’t have a single bad bone in her body. Not only was she kind, she was intelligent, beautiful, adventurous, punctual, risk-taking and exuded positive energy,” Mabry said.
“She really was someone you only meet once. And I will love her forever until the day after.”
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