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Co-pilot recalls flight with victims of 'Angel Flight' crash
Terence Kindlon says the Angel Flight to Boston, where he dropped off a cancer patient who would later die in a return flight to Utica, was unlike any other one he has been on before because of the relationship he formed with the patient.
Kindlon, an Albany area attorney, has been making Angel Flights for several years as a pilot. In this case, however, he was the co-pilot on a trip from Rome, NY to Boston.
On Friday Kindlon and a pilot left Albany Airport and picked up Frank and Evelyn Amerosa of Utica and flew them to Logan Airport in Boston. Frank Amerosa was being treated for cancer, the same type Kindlon's relative was recently diagnosed with.
After getting to know the patient, Kindlon said he found out both he and Amerosa were in the Marines and both served in Vietnam "near one another".
"When I met him I was not meeting a stranger I was meeting someone who could have been a relative of mine," Kindlon said of Amerosa. "He and his wife were a very happy couple, they were bursting with optimism."
Kindlon and the pilot only dropped the couple off in Boston, their flight back was with another Angel Pilot, John Campbell of Connecticut. It is common for Angel Flight's to operate that way, Kindlon said.
The plane carrying the Amerosa's crashed in Fulton County Friday evening. All three passengers are believed to be dead. The bodies of Evelyn Amerosa and Campbell have been recovered. Search teams have been looking for Frank Amerosa for three days, authorities said Sunday.
The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.