Virginia State Police said in a statement Friday that an investigation at the Virginia airport revealed that a student pilot was flying a small plane when it crashed, killing the flight instructor. The accident occurred at Newport News-Williamsburg Airport on Thursday afternoon at takeoff.
The state police said the single-engine Cessna 172 was driven by 18-year-old Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode. During takeoff, the Oybod tried to pull the craft too much of an angle. The engine stalled in the air and the plane crashed. It had reached a height of about 100 feet.
State police said Oebode of Hanover, Maryland, suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. The flight instructor who died was Victoria Therese Izabel Ljungman, 23, of Williamsburg, Virginia. Another 18-year-old student on board the plane was also taken to the hospital.
A Hampton University graduate, Ljungman shared his love of flying on his Instagram account, “VictoriaThepilot,” where he posted photos from the cockpit.
Charlie Hudson, a former Hampton tennis player, told the Daily Press that she was a friend of Ljungman, who competed on the women’s tennis team.
“I remember when I first met her, she wanted to do just that. She wanted to be a commercial pilot,” Hudson told the newspaper.
Hampton University graduate Anastasia Romanova-Hill told CBS affiliate WTKR-TV that several years ago the Sweden-based Ljungman reached out to her on Facebook as she was trying to determine which college to attend.
“She’s definitely a kind person who was curious and wanted to discover new things,” Romanova-Hill said.