LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBSA) –Robert Ming, the former mayor of the town of Laguna Niguel, Orange County, was killed in a small plane crash in Kansas on Sunday.
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Ming, 51, was the pilot and sole occupant of a single-engine plane when it crashed Sunday morning at Johnson County Executive Airport, located southwest of Kansas City, according to KSHB-TV.
Ming’s plane was bound for Albuquerque, New Mexico, KSHB reports.
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Ming, an Orange County native, joined the Laguna Niguel City Council in 2006. He served as mayor in 2009 and again in 2013.
“Robert will be remembered as one of the most important figures to ever shape the city of Laguna Niguel,” current Laguna Niguel Mayor Elaine Gennawey said in a statement. “He was not just a public servant, but an exemplary leader, a remarkable philanthropist and a kind and humble soul.”
He is survived by his wife and four children.
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The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.