A shocking video has surfaced of a father seemingly drinking a bottle of beer while his 11-year-old son pilots their private plane. It comes as investigators try to determine whether the footage was shot just before both individuals died in a plane crash.
Researcher Garon Maia, 42, and his son Francisco Maia died on July 29 when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron 58, valued at about $1.2 million, crashed into a forest between Rondônia and Mato Grosso. It’s unknown if Garon shared the video that appears to show both of them, which has already surfaced on social media.
He can be seen in the video showing Francisco how to fly the plane when it is speeding down a dirt runway while he is sitting in the co-pilot seat. It is unknown if the footage shows both of them on the tragic trip.
Garon asks in the video: “Wait, everything ready? Okay, nothing upfront. 600 horses, please, you can push. 600 Kiko, move along. Put your hand on the lever. Keep your hand there and observe the speed. He is then shown drinking a beer and saying, “The passenger can have one, right Kiko?”
Authorities claim that his plane took off about 5.50 p.m. and crashed eight minutes later after it vanished from radar. Rescue personnel combed the region on Saturday and were successful in finding the bodies on Sunday.
Investigating the cause of the incident is the Research Centre for the Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents. According to Brazilian legislation, in order to operate an aircraft, a person must be at least 18 years old, have finished flight training, and be registered with the National Civil Aviation Agency.