A Nebraska man says his pilot daughter was attempting an aggressive maneuver, but he doesn't know what caused her plane to crash during practice for an air show Friday in northwest Missouri.
Harry Barr told the Lincoln Journal Star that Chandra "Chandy" Clanton died in the crash that authorities said happened in a soybean field east of Tarkio near U.S. Highway 136. She was 36. Atchison County Coroner Shawn Minter also confirmed that she was the pilot killed in the accident, and that the death appeared to be from the crash rather than any medical issue that would have incapacitated her while she was flying.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating and had not confirmed Clanton's identity on Sunday.
Barr says Clanton, of Lincoln, Neb., leaves behind two sons, ages 10 and 7. Clanton was a three-time member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team.
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A public memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Friday in Lincoln.
According to her Web site, Clanton was the youngest female pilot to fly at the 2003 World Championships in Lakeland, Florida, and was the only woman named to the "Stars of Tommorrow" that year. She won Programme Q flight at the 2007 Championships in Granada, Spain. The site said she also appeared multiple times on broadcasts of The Weather Channel and the Discovery Wings program.
She flew Piper Cub, P-51 Mustang, Lear Jet, Beech KingAir, and various light twin-engine and single-engine airplanes.
Clanton few in the World Aerobatic Championships and renowned airshows like EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc.
Her Web site said she volunteered at her boys' school and their church, and donated thrill rides to charitable organizations. She was also a triathlete.