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another tragedy in the US Malayalee community

2009-06-15

I post these so I can remember, but I hate hearing all the victim-blaming whenever something goes up.  Unless of course, it involves someone of another race, and then it’s always the fault of the person of that race (whether they are the victim or the perpetrator).  I pray we get to a place where we can say a prayer for the survivors of this tragedy.  God bless.

 

newsday.com/news/local/ny-liplan1512880246jun14,0,5161133.story

Bodies of doctor, boy, 11, found from Albany plane crash

BY JENNIFER MALONEY

jennifer.maloney@newsday.com

12:43 AM EDT, June 15, 2009

An Albany hotelier was entertaining his 11-year-old son and a local doctor with an afternoon jaunt in his small plane when it plunged into the Mohawk River in eastern New York Sunday, killing at least two of them.

Relatives of George Kolath, 42, and his son George Kolath Jr. gathered at Albany Medical Center last night around the body of the boy, found after the aircraft sank in 30 feet of water.

The doctor, whose name was not released by authorities, also was found dead, said Kolath’s brother-in-law Anil Paulose, of Manhasset.

The relatives at the hospital included George Kolath’s mother, Chinnamma George, of New Hyde Park.

Paulose said the search for Kolath had been suspended because of the darkness.

Kolath’s Piper Cherokee went down near Scotia around 2:30 p.m., shortly after taking off from the nearby Mohawk Valley Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said.

“He stopped for lunch at a small airport and they took off and their takeoff, we don’t know what happened,” Paulose said. “It fell into the water.”

Scotia is about 20 miles northwest of Albany.

Witness Skip Ryan, a pilot who was waiting to take off behind the doomed plane, said it cleared some brush at the end of the runway and then appeared to lose power in the air, plummeting nose-first into the river.

“I watched it go over the brush and go into the river,” Ryan told the Daily Gazette of Schenectady.

A skydiving instructor at Mohawk Valley Airport told the Times Union of Albany he and others who were in the small airstrip’s restaurant heard the crash, ran down the airstrip and jumped into the river to help a fisherman drop an anchor to help rescuers find the downed plane.

“There’s nothing we wanted to do more than get into that plane,” said Michael McGuire.

Kolath owns several hotels, as well as a $40-million “castle” in Albany, Paulose said.

“He was a great inspiration,” Paulose said. “He was the most high spirited person I’ve ever seen. He was so full of energy.”

George Kolath Jr., the eldest of six children, was a fifth-grader who played soccer and chess.

“I just can’t believe it,” Paulose said. “I can’t take it.”

FAA records show the plane, a PA-28R-180 model, was manufactured in 1969. The model is part of the Piper Cherokee family of small planes, made by Vero Beach, Fla.-based Piper Aircraft Inc.

– With AP

Copyright © 2009, Newsday Inc.

BTW, caught this on LT’s twitter.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mallory permalink
    2009-06-15 11:25 PM

    B, you’re always depressing me with these sad news stories. Sigh…Life’s so short.

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