Fatal airport crash went unreported for 22 hours

(Williston Police Department)

A family on board a 1948 Cessna 170 tried a start of Florida’s Williston Municipal Airport around 3pm Saturday.

Instead, they crashed 150 meters to a tree line on the carriageway of the north side, reports the Gainesville Sun.

But although around 20 to 30 aircraft departed from the airport later on Saturday—and the nearby pilots must have registered the signals from the plane emergency locator transmitter—that the crash was only reported that the police 22 hours later.

The authorities say that a pilot first spotted the wreckage and called it in around 1 hours ‘ Sunday, per WXIA. Inside, authorities found Nathan Enders, 37, of Williamson, Ga.; his wife Laura, 42; and their two young children, Jaden, 7; and Eli, 5.

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All four were dead. A GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses and a scholarship for a survivor’s son, and that was not in the plane.

“For all traffic, no one thought to call us,” says Williston is the deputy head of the police.

“This is really a huge complacency problem.” Nathan’s sister expressed her grief on Facebook: “It is so very still, thinking … what goes through their head, if they knew what was going on or felt no pain as she sat there [upside down] wait … to find.”

The Sun reports the airport has a full-time manager and two part-time employees, but could not confirm whether they were at work Saturday as Enders, an experienced pilot and air traffic controller himself, was to take away.

The National Transportation Safety Board is assembling a preliminary report, but says it may be months before officials determine the cause of the crash, which occurred in fine weather, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

(This pregnant mother lost her husband and two children in an instant.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Their Plane Crashed at the Airport, but no one Noticed

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