Ephratah, N.Y. - Local Attorney and volunteer pilot, Terry Kindlon was heartbroken after
learning a couple he flew to Boston Friday morning with a fellow Angel Flight
pilot, were killed when their plane crashed in Garoga as they attempted
to make their way home that same day.
"And I was shocked and then I sat down at my computer for a minute and put the whole thing together and just couldn't believe it," said Kindlon.
Officials found the body of the volunteer pilot and 58-year old Evelyn Amerosa of Utica, but are still searching for her husband 64-year-old Frank Amerosa.
"They were both cheerful and happy and optimistic," said Kindlon.
Kindlon says the couple went to a medical appointment at a Boston hospital. He says Frank Amerosa was suffering from a type of brain cancer known as glioblastoma. The two became quick friends, having something meaningful in common.
"He's a Vietnam Marine Corp Veteran. We were in Vietnam pretty much the same time," said Kindlon.
Kindlon says Angel Flight Northeast makes hundreds of free medical trips each month and its pilots are highly qualified.
"The airplanes are all designed for flight in adverse weather conditions and the safety record as far as I know is just about perfect," said Kindlon.
Kindlon says he will never forget the wonderful spirit of Frank Amerosa, and hopes crews will soon be able to find him.
"And they had three adult children. I don't know if they had grandchildren but they probably did and they seemed to me to be an extremely happy centered couple," said Kindlon.
Crews called of the search for Frank Amerosa at dark Sunday evening but plan to return Monday.