- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida couple is on their way to Kansas to mourn their son, a pilot killed in a small plane crash at a flight training facility.

Mark Goldstein died Thursday when his twin-engine plane crashed just after takeoff at the Flight Safety International Learning Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The plane struck a building, killing three people inside a flight simulator.

Ingrid and Don Goldstein of Ocala were driving to Kansas this weekend. Ingrid Goldstein told the Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1qlCWXu ) that her 53-year-old son was a gifted and decorated pilot and air traffic controller.

She said her son was, “the kindest, nicest man.”

The National Transportation Safety Board says Mark Goldstein worked as an air traffic controller for 24 years at the Wichita control tower before retiring this year.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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