A student pilot, age 20, and his instructor, age 22, perished in a crash in Oregon.
Police said that the single-engine plane crashed into a home in Newberg, a tiny city approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland, killing both the pilot, Barrett Bevacqua, and the instructor, Michele Cavallotti, of the Hillsboro Aero Academy.
Emily Hurd, a 20-year-old student pilot, was the third person on board, and she was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday night, a camera caught the Piper Seminal in its final moments of descent.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said that debris from the plane accident can be found inside and outside the residence.
Bevacqua’s father, Matt, told reporters they are blessed to have spent 20 incredible years with him. The three passengers, he went on to say, were all housemates.
Barrett and Hurd enrolled in the Horizon Air Ascend Pilot Academy to earn their commercial pilot’s licenses.
Barrett, a recent graduate of Lakeridge High School, had reportedly wanted to be a pilot since the age of 2. In addition, he was pretty enthusiastic about playing football, baseball, singing, preparing meals, and going on hunts.
Matt Bevacqua informed the media that his son was a “renaissance man.” He was a joy to be around, and his smile could melt butter. Survivor Hurd, according to her friends, has been actively pursuing her dream of becoming a commercial pilot by enrolling at the Hillsboro Aero Academy this year.
Longtime buddy Josiah Neale was shocked by the news. He says you hear about crashes in the news, “and then you watch the video of the plane crashing and realize that your friend was piloting it.”
The NTSB has indicated that Hurd was located in the back during the training flight. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.
Hurd is still sedated after undergoing emergency surgery. She sustained lung trauma, ribs, sternum, and pelvis fractures, and a brain bruise.
According to authorities, neither anybody inside the North Cedar Street residence nor outside was hurt in the collision.