INCIDENT | A 23 year old instructor killed in training flight with a student pilot


The 23 year-old flight instructor was killed in a small plane crash.

Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman was just 23 when a student pilot she was teaching pulled the plane too steeply at an angle and stalled the engine, causing the aircraft to fall from a height of about 100 feet on Thursday (October 6).

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The plane, a single-engine Cessna 172, crashed around 3pm in a ditch at Newport News-Williamsburg Airport.

It was carrying Ljungman, student pilot Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode, 18, and another unidentified 18-year-old.

Oyebode and the unidentified passenger survived the crash and were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, and Oyebode was later transferred to VCU Medical Center.

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Ljungman, originally from Sweden, had dreamt of becoming a commercial pilot and earned her licence in March 2021 while studying at Hampton University in Virginia before gaining her flight instructor licence earlier this year.

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