Dozens of distraught friends, family gather to mourn, remember
You might want to fact check this story. Clinton is not in Syracuse.
This is speculation based on my flying in canyons (as a young man), and
knowledge of that exact area. The wind patterns there are impossible to predict
and often very strong—far beyond what a 172 could handle. Remorseful, in
When you come up on the name Whatcott. You always wonder if you knew their Uncle
or Cousins from The BYU dorms or the BYU Track and X-C team some 40 years ago?
I'm so sorry for your loss Whatcott family.
Sad story and a senseless accident.At being a pilot of only 19yrs of
age and having his license only since May...Wow, so so sad.
The only references to Syracuse in the story are to the high school the boys
attended. Hardly a good time to be nitpicking about such a thing, especially
when there is no need for a correction at all.
I am so sorry for your loss as a family. Having lost a sone near the same age, I
know of some of the pain you are going through. I hope you can find the peace
that can come to you as you search, through prayer, and find that the plan is
perfect and His timing is also perfect.
Sad beyond belief, deepest sympathies to the family and friends.
this is heart wrenching and incredibly sad. I can't imagine losing two
incredible accomplished boys with their whole life in front of them. I will say
however that these single engine small planes are in the news every year due to
crashes. Crashes happen to everyone without regard to much of anything other
than the sometimes tragic random events of life on earth. I would just never fly
on one of these small planes if I had the choice.
Start the investigation with a 19 year old, and a lincese only 2 months ago.As a pilot myself, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, 6 years
in the USAF, 22 years with Boeing, and 4 years at Hill AFB ... You can never rule our "mechanical failure", but 99% of
your training is what to do when everything operating properly -- but what
to do when everything that COULD go wrong, DOES go wrong.Safety,
Safety, Safety.As a side note -- My trainer pounded into my
young head --- Pilots are never trained for what to do when you are out
screwing around, taking chances and showing off.Even stunt pilots,
acrobatic pilots and fighter pilots know their limits, their plane's limits
and stay as far away from them as they can.My heart goes out to this
family, and the plane owners in Bountiful.
May God Bless this family during this time of need.Godspeed boys and
may you both Rest In Peace.
In life they were not divided, in death they were not separated.
pilot veered his crippled plane off interstate 15...saved many lives with a last
heroic act...god bless those brothers!
So why was the plane in the gorge to begin with? My theory -- a couple of
teenagers shooting the gorge and the pilot got in over his young and
zerowolfeolivehurst, CApilot veered his crippled plane off
interstate 15...saved many lives with a last heroic act...god bless those
brothers!9:42 p.m. July 22, 2014======== ???Where did it say that?brave pilot veered off the
interstate, saved many lives?2 young men were killed.Speaking
as a pilot myself, this should have NEVER happened.If they took off
from Beaver, They SHOULD have been at crusing altitude of 10,000 - 14,000
ft.Even with a total engine out, that would leave up to 20
minutes and many options to find a safe landing spot.If they were
flying below the canyon ridge, at 120 mph, and got boxed in, experienced any severe turbulance, had any mechanical problem, etc.they would have had less than a split second, and next
to zero options.God bless them, and those they left behind,,,
I lost all three of my children and I am familiar with the sorrow this family
and community are undergoing. For me such a shocking loss is the most extreme
grief, a weight that cannot be borne nor lifted without the power that holds the
universe together. May those tender mercies of healing comfort cover all.