Plane Crash Victims Were On Annual Trip
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) —
"It was terrible," Todd Clarke said.
Clarke never imagined himself in this position.
"It took several hours for us to piece the puzzle together to determine what had happened," he said. "It kind of hits you in waves and lots of hugs."
His father, 67-year-old Patrick Clarke and brother, 41-year-old Scott were both killed Saturday night, after the plane they were in crashed suddenly near Shaver Lake.
Todd says they had made their annual trip to California to race cars.
"They were together and that brings comfort and that brings peace," Clarke said.
KMPH News has learned the plane took off from Salinas in a twin-engine Cessna.
The men were heading to Omaha.
But about an hour into their trip something went wrong. The plane was last recorded at about 25,000 feet, but dropped off the radar just before 7:30 Saturday night.
About that time people on the ground heard the crash.
When investigators found the wreckage, the plane was upside down.
"You cling to the hope that life is eternal and that our time here is temporary and that we'll once again be together again," Clarke said.
Todd says his brother, Scott, was a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was married with four kids.
On the weekends, he loved to fly and work on cars.
"Most of the conversations with my brother revolved around automobiles of some sort. He was always buying a new car or tinkering on an old car," Clarke said.
His father, Patrick, was a prominent businessman in Omaha who lived for his family, especially his 17 grandkids, but made a difference in the lives of many more.
"My dad was a giver. He would give in a lot of ways; helped a lot of kids through college that weren't his own, helped a lot of families out that weren't his own. That's the legacy that I hope will live on; the manner in which he gave of his time and his resources and his money, all of the things that he had. He enjoyed giving," Clarke said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash, trying to figure out what went wrong.
As of now, it is still looking for the plane's wings and tail.
If you see anything you think could be a piece of the plane, you're urged to call local law enforcement.