Families remember victims of Utah plane crash
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The four men killed in a private plane crash in Utah on Tuesday have been identified as members of the Maverick Aviation group, a service that provides helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon.
The daughter of one of the men who died spoke to Action News on Friday.
Maria Spircu said, "My dad was an amazing person. There will never be anyone else like him."
44 year old Chris Spircu's daughter said she can't believe he's gone.
"It hasn't sunk in, no, because it's like I'm waiting for my dad to come home."
Spircu and three friends died Tuesday when their single engine plane crashed in Kane County, Utah.
He and 31 year old Joshua Stubblefield, 32 year old Paul Andrews and 45 year old Todd Stuntzner were flying to Bryce Canyon, just for fun.
All were pilots and mechanics with Maverick Grand Canyon Tours.
Maria said she had a bad feeling as soon as she heard the plane that crashed had flown out of the North Las Vegas Airport.
"I knew it was my Dad, but I was thinking... I was like, no, they're gonna call me and tell me it's not him. And my mom called him; texted him. And he's never not called or texted my Mom. They've been together since they were like, nineteen."
Maria said her parents just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and her father's birthday.
"Mom's mourning as a wife. My Grandma's mourning as a mom. I'm mourning as a daughter."
But, Maria said she also celebrates her father's spirit. Spircu was a 10 year veteran pilot who acknowledged the risks of living his dream.
"My dad always said there was more accidents on the road than there are in the air. He loved to fly. It was his life."
Maria told Action News a memorial is planned here in Las Vegas for the tight-knit aviation community, and Kane County authorities have agreed to take the families to the remote crash site to hold a separate memorial service there.
Spircu also leaves behind his father and a son.