Crash victims were visiting family in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The couple from Girard who died in a single-engine plane crash at the downtown Kansas City airport was in the area to visit family members, their daughter said.

John and Diana Lallo, of Girard, died Sunday when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, The Jackson County medical examiner said. No one else was on board and no other injuries were reported when the aircraft went down just south of the main runway.

The couple’s daughter, Melissa Lallo-Johnson of Kansas City, told The Kansas City Star her parents were visiting relatives, including her, her husband and their son.

“My parents were absolutely great people, and we are devastated,” said Lallo-Johnson, one of the couple’s four children.

Mitchell Gallo, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the no fire or explosion occurred before the crash. He said it could be several months before the cause of the crash is determined.

The Lallo family owns McRoyal Industries, which provides products to the food service industry. Federal aviation records show that the plane was owned by Air McRoyal LLC and list the same address as that of the manufacturing company.

John Lallo reported engine trouble just after takeoff and was returning to the airport when the plane crashed.

Gallo said Monday the plane did not have a flight data recorder but some instruments, such as GPS systems, may provide information about the flight.

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