An Army National Guard pilot died when the plane he was flying to scatter his late father’s ashes crashed into a Massachusetts pond, authorities said.
Scott Landis, 34, was killed just outside the Cranland Airport in Hanson after the small plane he was piloting lost power Saturday, WCVB-TV reported.
“He was on takeoff and the engine lost power, and he tried to turn and come back and it went in [the pond],” airport manager Peter Oakley told the station.
Landis was traveling with his brother, 29-year-old Patrick Landis, who was critically injured in the crash.
He was rushed to Tufts Medical Center, where he was fighting to recover, their sister wrote on social media.
“Pat had his eyes open today,” she posted on Facebook. "He so badly wants to speak to Mom and I and still has a hell of a grip."
The brothers were traveling to spread the ashes of their father, Richard Landis, who died on Aug. 7, according to his obituary.
Scott Landis leaves behind his wife and a young son, according to a GoFundMe page created to offset funeral expenses.
“He was unfortunately met with a horrific tragedy and taken from this Earth far too soon,” the page noted.
The crash is reportedly being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.