Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman, a Swedish flight instructor, was killed in a plane crash in Newport News, Virginia while teaching Oluwagbohunmi Ayomide Oyebode, her 18-year-old student and another similarly aged male.

The plane the three of them were in was a single-engine Cessna, and reports suggest that while flying the same, Oyebode had pulled the plane to a very stiff angle while taking off. This caused the aircraft to stall and eventually crash at the Williamsburg International Airport as it fell around a 100m to the ground.

Who was Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman?

Viktoria Theresie Izabelle Ljungman was a 23-year-old flight instructor. Swedish by birth, Ljungman was a student at the Hampton University, from where she graduated in May 2021. Ljungman was attending Hampton on a tennis scholarship.

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Friends of the young graduate had said that it was her lifelong dream to become a commercial pilot. The Daily Press spoke to Charlie Hudson, another tennis player at the university, who said, ‘I remember when I first met her, that’s all she ever wanted to do. She wanted to be a commercial pilot”.

Hudson also opened up about the cheerful nature of the recently deceased 23-year-old, “She was just contagious in her energy, just lovely to be around.”

Ljungman extensively documented her journey as a professional pilot on her Instagram account. Her Instagram bio reads, “Flight Instructor | Hampton University grad. This is my journey to become an Airline Pilot!”

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In of the posts, Ljungman is seen posing in front of an aircraft with her commercial flight instructor (CFI) certificate, which she received in April 2022.

WAVY-TV spoke to Myana Mabry, Ljungman’s roommate while she was studying at Hampton. She said, ‘To know “Hey, my roommate is a legend — not a legend in the making, but a legend”, further adding, “It was just so commendable and so rewarding to see her dreams become a reality”.