The mission of two Massachusetts brothers to disperse the ashes of their recently deceased father into heaven ended in tragedy when their single-engine plane crashed. In one accident one man was killed and the other seriously injured and in critical condition. 19659004] On August 24, at about 4 pm, Scott and Patrick Landis & # 39; s Aeronca 7AC champion plane crashed into a pond near Cranland Airport in Hanson, NECN reports. According to the dealership, Scott was a seasoned helicopter pilot serving in the Army National Guard, having previously flown Blackhawk military helicopters and steering the aircraft he borrowed
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According to Enterprise News, Scott was stationed in Kosovo and was in mourning after his father's death. The younger brother Patrick was the only passenger on board.
Don Conway, an uncle of the two brothers, told Boston 25 that Scott and Patrick had just spread their father's ashes from the plane, and he believes the accident was due to mechanical failure.
"As far as I know, they came back from it, and I guess witnesses say they heard sputtering," Conway said. "But Scotty is a very well established pilot, so it could not be a pilot error because he's meticulous when he flies."
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NECN reports that after the response from emergency personnel On the scene, Scott was flown to Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died Saturday morning as a result of his injuries. Patrick was flown to Boston's Tufts Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to Boston 25 that they will investigate in collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Landis leaves a wife and one-year-old son, reports Enterprise News.