Family remembering flight instructor killed in Mansfield crash

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Wife of flight instructor killed in crash says he loved flying

WALTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — Family and friends of flight instructor Sydney Miti came together Saturday night to mourn his death following Saturday’s tragic small plane crash in Mansfield.

Miti was one of two men aboard the 2002 single-engine Cessna 172S aircraft when it crashed at Mansfield Airport around 12:30 p.m.

His student, 18-year-old Julian Latterman of Dover, Massachusetts, was also killed, according to Mansfield police.

Miti’s wife says he absolutely loved flying. She said they’ve been together for ten years and have a 2-year-old son.  

“He’s a good dad. His son loves him. They’re best friends. He’s a kind person. He’s a good and loving person. I’m still trying to believe that he’s not coming home today,” she said.

The family had just returned from a vacation, visiting family in Uganda and the little boy is still there with his grandparents.

Miti’s wife says the last time she talked to her husband was this morning.

“When I spoke to him, he was happy with joy and it was gonna be a good day,” she said. “The last phone call I would have expected today was this call.  I don’t believe it, it can’t be, can’t be true.”

The plane has been moved but is going to stay at the airport for now.  

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be working to figure out what may have caused the crash.

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