Tragic News

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Many of you know that our son, Mike, was a young pilot who had been working in Southern Africa for the past nine months. Yesterday we received the terrible news that the plane he was piloting out of Livingstone, Zambia, malfunctioned shortly after take-off. Details are sketchy so far, but we understand that Mike was attempting an emergency landing, but hit trees and the plane crashed. Mike and his five tourist passengers were killed on impact.

Mike was the best son anyone could ever have. He was kind and thoughtful, hardworking, independent and committed, and was our best friend. We are devastated. He was a super pilot - it was the only thing he ever wanted to be since he was 10 years old. He died doing what he loved best.

We will be returning to Ottawa very shortly, to deal with this personal tragedy. We know you will understand that we will not be posting any more TravelPod entries anytime soon.
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