This was a harsh lesson for all pilots in training
Statistically, you’re safer in the skies than you are on the roads; just think about how many car crashes you’ve seen in your area in the last year. However, that doesn’t mean that accidents in the air are rare. In this case, a rather inexperienced pilot thought that he could handle flying by himself in complete darkness. His death is being used as a warning about what can happen to you if you don’t follow the rules.
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Nigerian-born student pilot Mark Ukaere was attending The Dean International Flight Training School. He was a licensed pilot, but he was still working to get more advanced certifications. Mark was so focused on his career in the skies; his roommate Patrick Shedrack said, “All he does is go to his college, (come) back home (and) on Sundays, church. That’s all.”
For a still unknown reason, Mark went to the school on a Saturday night. He took out a single-engine Cessna 152, one that was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway back in 2015 because water got in the engine.
Robert Dean, the owner of the flight school, said, “Every time anybody flies in the evening, they must fly with another pilot.” His girlfriend Mercy Akinyemi later claimed that he was supposed to meet an instructor, but the person never showed up.
When Robert realized that the plane was gone and that Mark was the pilot of it, he started calling places where he might have landed as well as anyone that knew him. Then Robert called the FBI to help locate him.
Four days later, a local news team was flying a helicopter over the Florida Everglades and spotted something that churned their stomachs. The footage has gone viral…