Family killed in airport crash that went unreported for 22 hours
WILLISTON, Fla. (AP) - Police say a family of four from Georgia died in a small plane crash at a north Florida municipal airport.
Williston police in a news release posted on its Facebook page identified the family as 37-year-old pilot Nathan Enders, his wife 42-year-old Laura Enders and the couple's two children, 7-year-old Jaden Enders and 5-year-old Eli Enders.
The family's vintage, 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after attempting a takeoff at 3:10 pm. Saturday at Williston Municipal Airport, but wasn't noticed by more than 20 pilots who flew out of the same airport. It was reported 21 hours after the crash.
All four were killed in the crash. A GoFundMe page has been set up to provide for funeral expenses and a scholarship fund for a surviving son who was not on the plane.
"This is really a huge complacency issue." Nathan's sister expressed her heartache on Facebook: "It is so awful still, thinking of ... what was going through their minds, if they knew what was happening or felt any pain as they sat there [upside down] waiting ... to be found."
Police say Nathan Enders was an experienced pilot and the family lived in Williamson, Georgia, about 40 miles south of Atlanta.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.