Papillion Teen Killed In Plane Crash

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
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Two people are dead after a sightseeing airplane that took off in Pensacola, Florida, crashed in remote southwest Alabama. One of the victims is a teenager from Papillion.

According to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office, the crash killed 67-year-old pilot Dean Legidakes and 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus of Papillion.

The two were in a small airplane that took off from Pensacola on Wednesday morning. The plane didn't return on time, and authorities used a signal from the pilot's cellphone to find an approximate location.

A state helicopter spotted plane wreckage in a swampy area near Lillian about five hours later. The area is so isolated searchers had difficulty reaching it.

The sheriff's office says the two were in a Great Lakes 2T-1 biplane. The crash occurred northeast of a small airport near the Alabama-Florida line.

According to the Papillion-La Vista School District, Mr. Legidakes was an experienced pilot and a friend on the McManus family.

The district says Marli was a member of the PLSHS Titan band. She is survived by father, Rich, mother, Terry, and brother, Richard.

The family was vacationing in Florida at the time of the crash and they were still there as of Thursday afternoon.

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