Army pilot dies and his brother is critically injured in single-engine plane crash in Massachusetts during flight to scatter their late father’s ashes
A pilot of a small plane has died and his brother has been left fighting for his life after they crashed in Massachusetts when they were trying to scatter their late father’s ashes.
Scott and Patrick Landis had taken off from Cranland Airport in Hanson on Friday afternoon for the solemn flight to bid farewell to their 70-year-old father Richard.
The two brothers had planned to spread his ashes after he died two weeks ago following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Scott Landis (above with his pregnant wife Staci and son Jack) died Saturday after crashing his plane in Hanson, Massachusetts during a solemn flight with his brother Patrick to spread their father’s ashes
Their single-engine plane crashed into a pond near the airport.
Both men were airlifted to separate hospitals but Scott died from his injuries on Saturday morning. He leaves behind his pregnant wife Staci and young son Jack.
His brother Patrick remains in a critical condition.
Scott was an experienced pilot who was used to flying military Blackhawk helicopters.
He was an Army National Guardsman who was on bereavement leave from Kosovo following his father’s death.
The pilot was scheduled to return to duty on Saturday.