Victims of Last Week’s Plane Crash Identified

By |2018-09-27T14:53:15-05:00September 26, 2018 2:52 pm|Local News|0 Comments

FESTUS, MO (KDKZ-TV) Authorities have identified the men killed in a small plane crash as an American Airlines pilot and his son.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said the victims were veteran pilot 56-year-old Michael Metzger of Hillsboro and 20-year-old Jacob Metzger of the state of Iowa.

The plane crashed about 2 a.m. Friday just a few hundred yards from the unlit airport in Festus, even as the pilot’s fiancee tried to guide it in with a flashlight.

Michael Metzger was piloting the plane back from New York and reported electrical problems that prevented him from remotely activating the runway lights, which are turned off after working hours.

Marshak says the fiancee responded to the pilot’s texts and stood along the runway with a flashlight, but the plane crashed.

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