Nigerian-American Trainee Pilot Blamed For His Dead Swedish Instructor’s Plane Crash
Although investigations are ongoing, media reports are blaming Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode, an 18-year-old Nigerian-American male for a plane crash that killed his Swedish flight instructor in Virginia, United States last Thursday.
Oyebode is a student at Virginia’s Hampton University, where the instructor, 23-year-old Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman graduated after studying on scholarship, to become an instructor.
On Thursday, around 3 p.m., Ljungman and Oyebode got onto a plane for a lesson. But tragedy struck when Oyebode pointed the
nose up at too steep an angle during take-off. That made the small aircraft stall at around 100 feet and led the plane to crash into a ditch, according to WMAR.
Ljungman, a licensed commercial pilot who lived in Williamsburg, Virginia after graduation, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Oyebode, from Maryland, United States, and another 18-year-old male were the only other people on the plane. They have been taken to a local hospital with what have been described as life-threatening injuries.
According to HBCU Gameday, both injured young men are current students at Hampton and were taking an aviation class.
The school has a partnership with a local fight school based out of Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, where Ljungman was an instructor.
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She often documented her journey on Instagram, per Daily Mail. Friends and fellow students say she was always cheerful and dedicated to her career.
Ljungman had gotten her license to teach in April of this year after getting her commercial license in March of 2021, according to the Daily Press.
The university released a statement that only commented on the two young men, saying:
“Hampton University is aware of the unfortunate accident that occurred today involving two of our students. The exact cause of the accident is under investigation. Out of respect for the students and their families we have no further comment at this time.”
Authorities are still investigating the crash.
Source | Nigeria Abroad
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