Prayer Vigil for pilot who crashed at air show held
Stuart, Fl- A prayer vigil was held Saturday night for the pilot who crashed Friday afternoon. Friends, family members and even strangers all came together outside the show’s main entrance for a prayer and moment of reflection.
The pilot who lost his life was identified as Dr. Joseph Masessa from South Florida. He was piloting a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk plane when he crashed. That type of plane was designed for battlefield surveillance and could be armed for light strike capabilities, and was in production from 1959 until 1970. Dr. Masessa had more than 1,600 names of prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Vietnam war written on the side of the plane.
Masessa was 59-year-old dermatologist with offices in Florida, South Carolina, and his native New Jersey.
The FAA and NTSB are both investigating the crash, which happened on a runway extension. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
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