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Coroner’s office confirms identities of three victims in plane crash near airport

Contractors hired by the National Transportation and Safety Board work to remove parts of the King Air that crashed into the roof of the FlightSafety building last week. (Nov. 3, 2014)
Contractors hired by the National Transportation and Safety Board work to remove parts of the King Air that crashed into the roof of the FlightSafety building last week. (Nov. 3, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

The Regional Forensic Science Center on Tuesday confirmed the identities of three of the four people killed in Thursday’s plane crash at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

The names of all three victims had previously been confirmed by officials or relatives: Nataliya Menestrina, 48; Jay Ferguson, 78; and Mark Goldstein, 53, the pilot of the King Air B200 that crashed into the FlightSafety International building on Airport Road.

The identity of the fourth victim has not been confirmed by the coroner’s office. However, the victim was a Russian pilot who was inside the flight simulator with Menestrina and Ferguson.

Menestrina worked as a Russian translator for FlightSafety.

In an attempt to confirm whether its pilot was the Russian who was killed, an official with Tomsk Air – a Russian commercial airline – sent an e-mail to The Eagle asking about the man.

The pilot, Sergey Galitskiy, 54, had just begun training in FlightSafety’s Cessna 208 Caravan simulator last week, Luibov Ban, planning manager for Tomsk Air, said in the e-mail.

Galitskiy was supposed to be in the simulator on Thursday, when the plane crashed into the roof shortly before 10 a.m., Ban said. Tomsk Air heard about the crash and has been unable to reach Galitskiy on his cellphone, Ban said.

Goldstein reported that he had lost the left engine of the King Air just after takeoff shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. Along with the four people killed, five others were injured.

Contributing: Rick Plumlee of The Eagle

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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