Utah native Timothy Pohlman of South Ogden has been identified as one of five Americans killed in the crash of a passenger plane in this small Brazilian village.
Pohlman, a 1975 Bonneville High School graduate, was a co-owner of the twin-engine Cessna, said his mother, Dorothy Hughes.Hughes said her 33-year-old son had told her a few months ago before returning to Brazil that "if anything happens to me while I'm flying, be happy because I'll be doing what I love to do."
Brazilian officials believe Pohlman was flying the plane when it crashed 580 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro. The cause of the accident is under investigation, but authorities say it appears the plane had engine problems.
Also aboard the plane was the other owner, Joseph Francis Bonacci, 37. Passengers included a U.S. Navy officer and four businessmen, three of whom were American.
The plane had taken off from Rio de Janeiro in the early afternoon and was bound for Porto Seguro, 600 miles northeast.
Hughes said her son had been living in Brazil since August of last year. She described him as an adventurer whose interest in flying took him around the world.
"It became his first love," she said. "He spent his whole life flying."
Pohlman came back to Utah every three months, and spent his time golfing, skiing, playing tennis and flying, Hughes said.