Iowa plane crash victim was Air Force Academy professor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — John Joseph Wood, one of the victims of a fatal small plane crash in Iowa that killed two Colorado Springs residents Saturday, was a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Public affairs officials at the academy confirmed Tuesday that John Joseph Wood, 53, had been an associate professor of engineering mechanics since 2002.

Resia Lynn Wood, 51, was identified by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office as the second victim of the crash that happened near Russell, in south-central Iowa about 60 miles southeast of Des Moines.

As an active duty Air Force officer, John Joseph Wood taught at the academy for the first time from 1994 to 1998 as a military instructor, then went back to teach as a civilian after retiring, said spokesman Sgt. Vann Miller.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation of the crash and on Monday officials said a preliminary report about the incident was expected to be released in a few days, but the full report could take up to a year to be completed.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine RV-7A aircraft carrying the victims had lost radar contact before the crash.

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