Vicki Van Meter, piloted plane across U.S. at 11, March 15 Then a sixth-grader, Vicki Van Meter, 11, of Meadville, Pa., gives the thumbs up as she leaves on the first leg of her cross-country flight from Augusta, Maine, in this Sept. 20, 1993, file photo. Accompanying her is flight instructor Bob Baumgartner in the Cessna 172. Van Meter, who was celebrated for piloting a plane across the United States when she was 11 years old and then all the way to Europe at age 12, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Meadville on Saturday, March 15, 2008. She was 26.
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