Family on man killed in plane crash: "He has an amazing legacy" - KCTV5

Family on man killed in plane crash: "He has an amazing legacy"

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Friends and family continued to remember the life and legacy of James Bergman, who was killed in a plane crash in Topeka on Monday. (Family) Friends and family continued to remember the life and legacy of James Bergman, who was killed in a plane crash in Topeka on Monday. (Family)
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Friends and family continued to remember the life and legacy of James Bergman, who was killed in a plane crash in Topeka on Monday. 

Bergman, known to friends and family by his middle name "Kevin," had spent more than a decade in the air. 

"He has an amazing legacy," said Scott Bergman, the younger brother of James. "I have an amazing lead to follow." 

James Bergman spent his days working in tech, but his passions were flying and traveling. 

"He really enjoyed giving back to others and just bringing that delight to people," Scott Bergman said. "He was the type of person that if you were at a party, and you wanted to go flying? Let's go."

Bergman and Bill Leeds were flying out of Topeka with Bergman as the co-pilot. Leeds, preparing to get his twin-engine certification that week, ended up crashing. 

Now as the family works to pick up the pieces, they focus on the legacy he left behind. 

"He lived an amazing life, and the word no boundaries for him," Bergman said. "There were a lot of people who talk about working inside of the box and for Kevin, the box did not exist."

A funeral has been planned for the weekend. The family also hopes to raise some funds to donate to a charity. 

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