Wife loses wedding ring of pilot killed in plane crash

Julia Ann Lansford, 24, believes she lost the ring Feb. 4 while flying back from Texas where her husband’s body was laid to rest in a family plot.

Lansford’s friend said Julia Ann Lansford was on a Delta Airlines flight from Houston to Cincinnati, and from there she drove back to Fairborn.

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The ring features a message in Hebrew and bears scratches and markings from the Jan. 26 plane crash.

Joel Lansford, 33, was killed while piloting a Cirrus SR-22 that crashed into a hillside in the early evening near the Greene County Airport.

Joel Lansford is also survived by 17-month-old identical twins Adam and Seth.

The Cedarville University graduate was an Ohio National Guard veteran and corporate pilot. At the time of his death, he was working to become a missionary helicopter pilot in Papua New Guinea.

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