Sad news today as the world loses three rising Instagram stars to a deadly plane crash, which occurred in Arizona, USA.
That is the photo of Mariah Coogan, a 23 year old model- one of the deceased whose lives were crushed tragically on April 9th.
Four out of the six dead passengers of the tragic private plane crash, have been identified, and three of them were young rising Instagram stars with thousands of followers.
This tragedy took place just around 9pm, on the TPC Scottsdale Champions Golf Course. Reports state that the plane had just taken off when it suddenly crashed after 15 minutes. The flight was headed for Las Vegas. The other three identified in the crash are Anand Patel, 26, Helena Lagos, 22, and James Pedroza, 28. The remaining two are yet to be verified.
Some facts about the plane crash
Currently, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the technical cause of the crash. But in the meantime, one of the departed, James Pedroza, has been established as the pilot. According to CBS News, Pedroza had been asked by air traffic control, a few minutes to the crash, if he had any difficulties flying. Yet he brushed it off, and was killed shortly after.
“Are you experiencing any difficulty?” one air traffic controller asked James, CBS reported. “Uh, we’re good, we’re just a training lesson,” he replied.
Also, according to Inside, Pedroza did not have a pilot’s license! Wow!
See below the video posted by Mariah while aboard the plane, moments before her death
A few nice words about the departed
Mariah, who had over 30K followers on Instagram, used to be a horse trainer before she left high school to model in 2012. On Instagram, you’d see photos of Mariah in bikinis, or out with her friends- like most models do. Her former principal, Graham Rutherford of Cardinal Newman High School in California, said, “She was eager for adventure, and I always found her easy to speak with…She got on well with many students, too.”
Anand’s twin, Akash, who is still in disbelief, had a few words for KPHO-TV.
“My brother was taken away from us doing what he loved to do the most,” Akash said, “which was spending time with his friends and flying.” He added that his parents are still shocked and are all waiting for a miracle to bring Anand back. Apparently, Anand immigrated to the United States 10 years ago, from India to go to college. Additionally, he had over 44K Instagram followers.
Micah Griggs, Pedroza’s roommate, as well shared his feelings. “I am sad that he is gone, but loved how he lived life to the fullest. He was wanting to see the world and travel. He will be missed,” he said. “He never judged anyone and was always there to stand up for equal rights.” Pedroza had been dating Helena Lagos and it seemed serious.
“They were pushing six months, it was a big deal. They were just dynamite together. They just loved life”, Griggs added.
Plus, another friend, Jeremy Gail, posted a tribute to the friends that showed videos they’d posted on Monday- just before the fateful flight.
Our heartfelt concolences goes to the families and friends of the victims.