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Russian positively identified as final plane crash victim

Sergey Galitskiy
Sergey Galitskiy Courtesy of Tomsk Air

The final victim in the Oct. 30 plane crash that killed four people, including the pilot, near Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has been identified by the Regional Forensic Science Center.

Sergey Galitskiy, 54, of Russia, was in a flight simulator at the FlightSafety Cessna Learning Center when a Beechcraft King Air B200 crashed into the building’s roof.

Earlier this week, in an attempt to confirm whether its pilot was the one who was killed, an official with Tomsk Air, a Russian commercial airline, sent an e-mail to The Eagle.

Galitskiy had begun training last week in FlightSafety’s Cessna 208 Caravan simulator, Luibov Ban, a planning manager for Tomsk Air, wrote 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.

Galitskiy had been a pilot for about 30 years, including flying helicopters, Ban said. Galitskiy was from Kolpshevo in the Tomsk region in western Siberia.

Others killed in the crash were pilot Mark Goldstein, 53; Jay Ferguson, 78; and Nataliya Menestrina, 48.

Menestrina, a native of Ukraine, was in the simulator as a Russian translator. Ferguson, an instructor, also was inside.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Contributing: Rick Plumlee of The Eagle

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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