Devastating news hit the Manvel High School family last Friday. Principal Charlotte Liptak’s husband, Lawrence, 51, and their 10-year old son Landon were killed in a crash of a private plane in North Texas.
According to news reports, the plane was attempting a landing at Bowie municipal airport when it crashed in a field and burned. FAA reports say a twin-engine Cessna 414 owned by Liptak crashed “under unknown circumstances” on a road near Bowie shortly before 4 p.m. Friday and “the aircraft was destroyed by fire after the crash.” The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash site. A determination of the cause for the crash has yet been established.
In a show of support for the school principal, a crowd gathered outside Manvel High School on Saturday night to conduct a prayer vigil. Liptak is beginning her second year as principal of Manvel High School.
In a press release issued by the Alvin Independent School District (AISD), Liptak was credited with “giving her life to meeting the needs of her students in Alvin ISD. At this time, the most important thing we can do for Mrs. Liptak is keep her in our thoughts and prayers and allow her time to focus on the needs of her family.”
No announcement of memorial services has been made as of this writing.