Father Allows 11-Year-Old Son to Pilot Private Plane, Tragic Crash Ensues
Brazilian authorities are launching an investigation into a disturbing incident involving a father who allowed his 11-year-old son to pilot his private plane while he drank beer. The incident ended tragically, with both the father and son losing their lives in a plane crash. The devastating crash occurred in a forest between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.
Garon Maia, a 42-year-old rancher, and his son Francisco Maia were aboard the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58, which was estimated to be worth $1.2 million. Just moments after the father allowed his underage son to assume control of the aircraft, a fatal crash ensued. The plane crashed only eight minutes after takeoff and disappeared from radar.
Disturbingly, a video of the incident was uploaded to social media by Garon Maia himself. The footage depicted the father sitting in the co-pilot seat, seemingly instructing his son on how to operate the plane. Shockingly, he can even be seen drinking beer during the flight. Authorities are currently examining the video to determine if it was recorded shortly before the crash occurred.
The ill-fated flight began at a family farm in Nova Conquista, where Garon Maia departed and made a stop at an airport in Vilhena for refueling. Their intended destination was Campo Grande, where Francisco attended school and lived. However, their journey was abruptly cut short by the disastrous crash.
Rescue workers conducted an extensive search operation and were eventually able to locate the bodies of both Garon Maia and Francisco Maia in the wreckage. However, the tragedy did not end there. In a heartbreaking turn of events, Ana Pridonik, Garon Maia’s wife, tragically took her own life after the burial, presumably overwhelmed with grief.
The incident has raised serious concerns about the safety guidelines and regulations surrounding private plane usage, particularly when it comes to allowing minors to operate aircraft. The distressing video has provoked outrage and condemnation from the public, with calls for stricter measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.
As the investigation continues, authorities are diligently collecting evidence to determine if any charges should be filed in connection with the crash. The focus of the investigation will be to ascertain the circumstances leading up to the accident and to evaluate the actions of Garon Maia, with particular attention to the reckless decision to allow an underage child to assume control of the plane.
This tragic incident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of adhering to aviation safety protocols and the absolute necessity of responsible decision-making when it comes to piloting aircraft. The results of the investigation will undoubtedly shed light on the circumstances surrounding this avoidable tragedy and, hopefully, lead to stricter guidelines and measures in the future to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
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